I believe Scheer will be replaced, but for God sakes wait until the party convention in Toronto next year to do that.
By Lorrie Goldstein of Sun News Media
It’s Scheer madness!
Amateur-hour federal Tories imploding
So as it turns out, it was the Conservatives, not the Liberals, who weren’t as advertised in the federal election.
In the days leading up to the Oct. 21 vote, Conservatives told us they were united behind Leader Andrew Scheer, who was ready to lead the country.
But in the days following the election, they had been stabbing each other in the front, with many disingenuously complaining, in so many words, that they are “shocked, shocked,” to discover Scheer is an unelectable social conservative. They have as much credibility as Capt. Louis Renault in the famous scene from Casablanca, where he tells the owner of Rick’s Cafe Americain, played by Humphrey Bogart, that he’s shutting down his restaurant because he’s, “shocked — shocked — to find that gambling is going on in here,” moments before his winnings are handed to him.
The Conservatives knew Scheer was a social conservative when they elected him on May 27, 2017 — that he personally opposed same-sex marriage and abortion, that he wouldn’t march in gay pride parades.
But it didn’t matter to “party insiders” then because in 2017 they were basically conceding the 2019 election to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.
Their thinking was Trudeau would win a second majority and the Conservatives would then regroup, replacing Scheer, whom they considered a caretaker leader, with a higher-profile Conservative, who would then have a good chance to dethrone Trudeau in 2023.
But that was before scandals like gropegate. Before two ethics commissioners found Trudeau repeatedly broke conflict-of-interest rules in the Aga Khan and Lavscam affairs. Before the failed prosecution/persecution of Vice-admiral Mark Norman. And, of course, before blackface.
With each new scandal, Conservative hopes of defeating Trudeau’s inaugural majority government after one election — accomplished only twice before in Canadian history — soared.
Too many Conservatives foolishly believed all they had to do was show up for the 2019 election and they’d win.
That’s why the result — the Liberals reduced to a minority government, with the Conservatives gaining seats and winning the popular vote — an outcome Conservatives would have been turning cartwheels over when they elected Scheer in 2017, is now described by Conservative elites as a defeat.
Instead of viewing what happened rationally — Conservative fortunes have dramatically improved at the expense of the Liberals — the Conservatives, to the delight of Trudeau and Co., because it masks their own political failure, are imploding.
A Conservative party that was ready to govern would have understood that Scheer, having significantly improved the party’s electoral standing, should be given a chance to demonstrate he can learn from the weaknesses he displayed in this election.
Primarily his inability to convince Canadians that he understands his personal views as a social conservative on abortion and same-sex marriage are irrelevant to the job of being the PM and protecting the rights of all Canadians.
If Scheer fails to convince his party he can do that, then the Conservatives, following their normal procedure, can dump him during a leadership review six months from now, through a non-confidence vote, and hold a new leadership campaign.
But the unseemly spectacle of Conservatives now pretending they had no idea of who Scheer was when they elected him in 2017 is not only intellectually dishonest, it exposes their party as a nest of vipers lusting for a messiah (Peter Mackay ... seriously?) who can return them to power.
They might as well be Liberals.
A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers. Friedrich August von Hayek