The federal Conservative Party is surging in the polls these days.
George Koch and John Weissenberger have an interesting column in the National Post today, which offers one possible explanation.
Koch and Weissenberger essentially argue that a large number of Canadians have always held “conservative views” but for a variety of reasons never connected to the Conservative Party.
This, they say, is now changing.
Canadians are warming up to the Conservatives because now Prime Minister Stephen Harper is doing a better job of packaging conservative ideas on issues like day care, defence and taxes to the public.
In other words, instead of shifting the party to the left as the Red Tories have always wanted, Harper is helping Canadians discover their “Inner Conservative”.
This is similar to an argument I made last year.
I have always believed conservatives do well when they act like conservatives instead of like liberals.