Conservative leader Andrew Scheer Scheer has been lauded by anti-abortion groups for his voting record on abortion-related topics. He did not, however, run on a social conservative platform, saying Canada has made up its mind on certain divisive social issues.
Well known on Parliament Hill after four years as Speaker of the House of Commons during Stephen Harper’s majority government.
Scheer promises to balance the books within two years of a Conservative election win in 2019. Current projections suggest the deficit will be $15.8 billion in 2021-22.Scheer has yet to say how he’ll do it.
Energy and the Environment
Scheer promises to repeal the Liberal carbon tax plan and allow provinces to decide their own carbon-price fate.
He wants gas pumps adorned with the flags of the countries that produced the oil, so Canadians can choose “Canadian-sourced, ethically produced oil.” He also supports the Energy East pipeline, saying Canada’s dependence on foreign oil is a result of a lack of west-to-east pipeline capacity.
Freedom of Speech
Scheer has complained about universities and “radical groups” on campus refusing to let everyone have their say. He cited University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, who draws vocal protests for his controversial opposition to non-gender specific pronouns at the request of transgender or non-binary people.
Scheer has vowed to deny funding and research money to universities that don’t allow full freedom of speech, where people like Peterson are shouted down and students fear to speak out about issues like abortion, will receive no federal funding, including lucrative research grants.
‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’
“Radical Islamic terrorism is a threat to all Canadians,” Scheer said Monday as he promised to recommit Canadian fighters to the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.The former Conservative government sent six CF-18s to join the anti-ISIL effort in 2014; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pulled the plug on the planes last year.
Scheer has been lauded by anti-abortion groups for his voting record on abortion-related topics. He did not, however, run on a social conservative platform, saying Canada has made up its mind on certain divisive social issues. But with Trost and Lemieux getting 15 per cent of the initial support, clearly those issues carry sway with party members.
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Andrew Scheer’s team distances itself from anti-immigration group in Quebec
Catherine Major, the Conservative party’s Quebec press secretary, said she demanded the resignation of Rivière-du-Nord riding president Hugues Bonneau, after he told a Facebook group for fans of Quebec-based La Meute that he is friends with Ms. Major and was collecting supporters’ names on her behalf for an event with Mr. Scheer in Chicoutimi last week.
La Meute (the French word for wolf pack) is a self-styled anti-Islamist and anti-multiculturalism group. Some of its members participated in a campaign against the creation of a Muslim cemetery near Quebec City last year.
In his post, made from a personal Facebook account, Mr. Bonneau specifies that he acts as an electoral district president in his civilian capacity and not as a “wolf.” Ms. Major said she is friends on Facebook with Mr. Bonneau in his political capacity and his political online profile has nothing to do with La Meute. She said the invitation for Mr. Scheer’s event referred to in Mr. Bonneau’s post was sent to all Quebec party members, and Mr. Bonneau had told her he had friends in Chicoutimi who wanted to attend. She asked him for the names to keep track of how many people were coming.
In January, Mr. Trudeau referred to La Meute as “bozos” during a one-year commemoration of the Quebec City mosque killings.“Canada’s Prime Minister must speak in a way that is respectful of people. Calling people bozos, those are not words that should come out of the Prime Minister’s mouth,” Mr. Paul-Hus said after Mr. Trudeau defended his comments.
INTERNATIONAL ANTI-IMMIGRATION SENTIMENT
Anti-immigration sentiments have been at the forefront of international election campaigns recently. U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to toughen immigration policies in the U.S.; Britain voted to leave the European Union in order to slow down immigration; and one of France’s presidential candidates—Marine Le Pen—is a far-right nationalist. And while some Canadians hold these beliefs as well, Canadian leaders and lawmakers will hopefully not be pushed in that direction any time soon, even within the Conservative party.
Leading up to the CPC convention, Leitch saw comparison to Trump and Le Pen for her anti-immigration stances. But since Canada has always relied on immigration to be a strong country (socially, economically, and culturally), tougher immigration policies, such as those proposed by Leitch, would hurt Canadian society. Anti-immigration would only strengthen divisions between cultures, causing Canada to take a giant leap backwards social and economic progress.
This is not what Canadians see and think refugees are more than happy to be accepted by Canada as well as the refugees who will abide by the laws that makes us Canada, but not immigrants who come to Canada to change our core values, and force their laws on the people of Canada through the government.
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WHAT DOES HE STAND FOR?
While he’s thought to personally oppose abortion and recent legislation granting human rights protections to transgender Canadians, he says he won’t be re-opening those debates if he becomes prime minister.
He campaigned on balancing the budget within two years if elected in 2019, axing the Liberal plan to price carbon to reduce GHG emissions, and to re-commit Canadian warplanes to the coalition bombing campaign in Iraq.
He opposed Motion M-103, condemning Islamophobia, because he felt it limited free speech, which it does not. He also would ban federal funding to universities that “limit free speech,” although how he’d determine that remains to be seen.
Some of Scheer’s first post-victory fighting words were aimed at Justin Trudeau’s carbon pricing scheme. Not only would the new Conservative leader reverse it, but he contends that Canadians should not pay the GST on home heating bills. If anything, the leadership campaign has cast in stone the Conservatives’ determination to continue to take a pass on the defining environmental issue of the era.
The influence of the religious right within the Conservative family is not matched by an equivalent impact in the ballot box. Over the years, flirting with restrictions on abortion and the party’s resistance to same-sex marriage have cost the Conservatives more votes than they have attracted.
Almost two years after their 2015 defeat, the Conservatives have a permanent leader, but not the bigger tent they need if they are to beat the Liberals in two years. On that score, Scheer’s victory is even less impressive than its modest size suggests.