Gerry Nicholls is a communications consultant and writer who has been called a “political warrior” a “brilliant strategist” and one of the “canniest political observers in Canada.”
He has worked as a consultant in both the United States and Canada and was formerly a senior officer in the National Citizens Coalition.
A regular columnist with the Ottawa Hill Times, his work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post and in the Sun Media chain; and he has appeared on countless TV and radio public affairs programs. He is the author of the book, Loyal to the Core, Harper, Me and the NCC.
“Loyal to the Core is a daring and provocative work. It deserves to be read by conservative activists and politicos.” – Western Standard
“This is a very important book.” -- Michael Coren, TV host
“A fascinating read” --- Seamus O'Regan, Canada AM
“I really enjoyed Loyal to the Core. It’s a great book”, - Charles Adler, radio host.
"Loyal to the Core should be required reading for anyone considering or starting a career at a conservative think tank or in electoral politics in general …Consider Loyal to the Core a cautionary tale that’s also a funny, easy read – with a few highly “stealable” ideas for media campaigns thrown in for good measure.”- Kathy Shaidle, author Tyranny of Nice
“Every Canadian remotely interested in politics and the state of the country should have a read of Loyal to the Core. – blogger Wendy Sullivan
"It’s rare to find a politico, however, who is equally passionate about policy and strategy, but columnist, pundit, author and Western Standard blogger Gerry Nicholls is such a person." Matthew Johnson, owner Western Standard
"If you are a conservative who wonders how conservatives can communicate their message in a hostile media climate, Loyal to the Core is a must read." -- At Home in Hespeler
"You HAVE TO read this book!" -- Connie Fournier Free Dominion
My take, FWIW...
I don't think Harper would mind at all anything Bernier has said. Indeed, I suspect Bernier may well have his blessings. Who better within the ranks, being popular in and from Quebec, to field ideas about public policy, and test the waters...at arm's length, so to speak? Nothing Bernier has said would be in any way conflicting with Harper's own beliefs...albeit he's had to tone 'em down, given the reality of leading a minority government surrounded by lefties, both across the aisle and in the MSM, who are relentlessly gunning for his hide?
Whatever Harper is, stupid he ain't!
Additionally, no province in this country is in more desperate need for a change from an ages old status quo than is Quebec.
Whether Bernier leads the movement for change from within the federal CPC ranks, or as a leader of a new provincial party, is quite likely beside the point with Harper. The point is that change needs to happen for the sake of both Quebec and a Canada that it is a major player within.
What really struck is that some on this panel seemed to think Bernier was breaking new ground.
One need only go back to the convention out of which the Canadian Alliance was born and listen to what political leaders from all parts of Canada were saying there! Not one wit different from anything Bernier has said or proposed. Not a bit!
It could be argued that, at most, he's reincarnating much of the essence of the Reform Party, and the political philosophies of a young Preston Manning.
That it's so timely is what intrigues me...
Again, Harper, as you no doubt appreciate more than most, is a very politically astute and strategic kinda guy.
...if you get my drift.
"Again, Harper, as you no doubt appreciate more than most, is a very politically astute and strategic kinda guy."
-Oh yeah. Pure genius. Runs against openly corrupt Liberal government; can barely get a minority. Puts Maxime Bernier in Foreign Affairs for no reason, despite his doing an excellent job in Industry. Can't even get a majority against Dion.
Gerry, you must realize that the ONLY source of Harper's power is the perception that he is some sort of political genius, which is entirely baseless. Please take aim.
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