Although Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre almost scooped me in his recent Vancouver Board of Trade speech when he provided his audience some insight into how he views Corporate Lobbyists, I’m hoping that this week’s column will help Star readers better appreciate the politician who is the odds-on favourite to win the next election. Don’t get me wrong; a preference for spending time with farmers or welders, rather than bank CEOs, doesn’t imply a lack of interest in fixing what ails Canada. I understand that if Mr. Poilievre wants to learn more about a topic, he might spend two hours on the telephone with a renowned academic or industry expert in an effort to deeply understand a subject matter that he’s been wrestling with.

This is a good omen. Details matter!

I’ve posted the first half of my column below; if you want to see how it ends, you have the choice of buying today’s hardcopy, signing up for the $65 (pre-tax rebate) annual digital subscription via the newspaper website, or accessing the piece via your Apple News App.

If you’re waiting for Pierre Poilievre to start acting like a “Prime Minister in-waiting,” you’ve not been paying attention.  While Poilievre is more John Diefenbaker than Stephen Harper, this is not your Father’s Progressive Conservative Party.

Mark McQueen: Funder of growth companies + public service roles. Pearl Jammer. Opinions are my own; Not investment advice. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Check out my Substack at