No, Andrew Scheer Did Not Fail
November 1st, 2019 | RR
If Justin Trudeau wins a second majority, then we can talk about Andrew Scheer resigning as the leader of the Conservative Party. As of now, the only people trying to peddle the idea that the CPC needs a new leader are Liberal supporters, anti-conservative journalists and bitter PPC voters. It's an attempt to undermine the party's historic popular vote count and to keep conservatives divided. Now that Maxime Bernier is toast, someone has to do it.
The truth is, Andrew Scheer has taken the Conservative Party to new heights. No one predicted that the party would solidify its support in the West and scoop up more than six million votes nationwide. Alberta and Saskatchewan now have zero Liberal representatives in Ottawa and New Brunswick has gone almost completely blue—making it the first step toward a blue wave for the Maritimes in the next round. Had Andrew Scheer lost seats, which he didn't, he would need to resign. Had he lost votes from 2015, which he didn't, I would be calling for his resignation. However, the fact is, Andrew Scheer was successful.
The chattering bozos in mainstream media who call themselves “independent” and “conservative” think that a leadership race in the middle of a Liberal minority would somehow benefit the Conservative Party. It wouldn't.
The last leadership race split the CPC right down the middle. Had Maxime Bernier won the leadership, it's guaranteed that the party would have lost seats and come nowhere near the six million votes it accumulated under Scheer's leadership. Bernier's broken English and his party's fetish with immigration and controversial social issues proved what kind of shit show it would have been under his leadership. The “should have been Bernier” crowd are more delusional than Joaquin Phoenix's Joker. The better man won the leadership, but the party stayed fractured because Bernier and his supporters are sore losers. Look at them now—they're still whining.
Given the raucous and stubborn individualism of conservatives, another leadership race has the potential to create another split between libertarians, so-cons, moderates and capitalists. During a Liberal minority, the party would become distracted by a leadership race at a time when its leader should be holding Justin Trudeau accountable at every opportunity. An election can happen at any time and Conservatives need to be ready. Now is not the time to risk dividing the party and allowing Trudeau to escape harsh scrutiny.
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"The last leadership race split the CPC right down the middle."
Say what you will about him, but Andrew Scheer managed to run a balanced campaign that touched on everything social conservatives, moderates, progressives and libertarians care about. He promised to cut income taxes, slash foreign aid by 25%, stop illegal immigration, maintain fair immigration practices and fight climate change—all while refusing to bend to progressive whims by avoiding gay pride parades (despite heavy criticism) and standing firm on his personal, pro-life views.
The only people calling for the Conservative Party to oust Scheer are the usual suspects and one or two opportunistic former Conservatives.
Who Wants Scheer To Resign?
Journalists benefiting from Trudeau's $600M bribe—erm, bailout—are working overtime to write headlines and columns calling Scheer a failure. Meanwhile, they're calling Trudeau's minority government a “win” and ignoring Jagmeet Singh's spectacular failure as NDP leader.
Canadian journalism is filled with dorks who call themselves “independent” or “conservative”. You usually see them joining discussion panels on the CBC—which should be an immediate red flag for any keen political observer. John Ibbitson, Althia Raj, Kelly McParland, Andrew Coyne, and a bunch of other dweebs from Maclean's and other leftist rags like to spend time pontificating on Canada's national broadcaster. They give their “expertise” on conservatism and what the party should and shouldn't do, knowing full well they haven't voted for a conservative party since Brian Mulroney—if they ever have at all. The real conservatives who know what the word means and what makes real voters tick are left on the sidelines, ignored for the likes of pseudo-intellectuals like Andrew Coyne.
Kelly McParland, a self-proclaimed independent, was one of the first well-known columnists to tell us peasants that Andrew Scheer should be thrown to the wolves:
As a non-insider with no affiliation to the apparently endless supply of strategists, advisers, gurus and consultants who mine a healthy living offering their views to Ottawa politicians, I can see one way in which Scheer becomes prime minister. That would be for the prime minister to continue acting exactly as he has over the past four years, piling up another load of miscues, mistakes, gaffes, goof-ups and overall bad decisions. Oh yeah — and continue to listen to the people who told him it was a good idea to fire Jody Wilson-Raybould, treat India like a costume party, march off in a huff from electoral reform and run a re-election campaign so down and dirty it could have been organized by Rudy Giuliani.
So profound, but totally void of any actual experience or insight into the complicated, inner workings of the Conservative Party—a party made up of factions that often go to war with each other. The party has such a fragile and diverse base that it takes a certain set of skills to manage. A leader can't negligently ignore the party's vast social conservative, progressive or libertarian followings. Keeping the factions united takes balance, strategy and caution.
Look how many libertarians Scheer turned against him by backing supply management. On the other side, look how many conservatives and libertarians Maxime Bernier turned against himself by dedicating so much of his rhetoric to immigration. Leading the Conservative Party is not an easy task and any leader that steps on too many toes at once—without making amends by stoking the right flames later—would set the party up for disaster.
Andrew Scheer managed to pacify and appease his own party's base while winning more than six million votes in a general election—the highest ever for the Conservative Party and the second highest in history for any conservative party.
Aside from the typical mainstream journalists, bitter PPC voters are still barking into the void on Twitter and Facebook about what a “failure” Andrew Scheer has been and how it “should have been Max”. These are the same cowards and incels who flipped the chessboard and sent the pieces flying when Maxime Bernier lost the leadership. They're obnoxious, whiny children with the political instincts of fruit flies. I'm glad we don't have to hear them anymore.
Block. Mute. Ignore.
Other usual suspects calling for Scheer to resign include Liberal Party strategists. A lot of them are advising their bought-and-paid-for journalist friends at the CBC, PostMedia and Maclean's. It's not a coincidence that all of Canada's major papers and media are singing the same tune about Andrew Scheer while patting Justin Trudeau on the back. Their objective is to drive a wedge between Conservative Party supporters in order to set up Liberals for the next election.
There are also some old, washed up Conservatives who have come out to say Andrew Scheer should resign. It is also possible that Peter Mackay planted the seeds and helped undermine Scheer in the middle of the campaign, but we might never know. As for the others, they no longer hold seats and are probably bitter they lost in 2015.
Andrew Scheer shouldn't go anywhere. The Conservative Party needs his leadership now more than ever. Everything else is just background noise.
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