Derek Sloan's rhetoric is only a symptom of a bigger Conservative Party problem - 2020-04-27
Let's speak plainly: The Conservative Party of Canada has a problem.
Rather, the party now has several problems, something that is increasingly clear as it stumbles through the fallout of its loss in the 2019 federal election. Andrew Scheer might have won the popular vote over Justin Trudeau, but absent change, that could become the party's high-water mark in the post-Stephen Harper era.
The party's difficulties are summed up neatly in the form of Derek Sloan, a rookie MP and one of four finalists in the indefinitely postponed race to lead the Conservative Party. For those unfamiliar with Mr. Sloan's work, he recently made waves by implying that Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's top public-health official, was under the influence of the Chinese Communist Party, an outburst Mr. Scheer shamefully refused to condemn. Mr. Sloan's only other moment of notoriety came earlier this year when he defended fellow leadership candidate Richard Décarie when he opined that being gay was a "choice." (The party ended up disqualifying Mr. Décarie from running.)