Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 8:51 am Post subject: Critics accuse Andrew Scheer of hiding policies
Already, it starts. The building of a 'narrative'\ for the new leader, who seems to think all you have to do is 'be nice'.
Critics accuse Andrew Scheer of hiding policies after campaign win Website transformed before Saturday's final vote was even announced
By Elizabeth Thompson, CBC News Posted: May 30, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 30, 2017 5:24 AM ET
Andrew Scheer's campaign team transformed his website on Saturday, after he won the Conservative leadership race, making it much more difficult to find his policy positions.
Andrew Scheer's campaign team transformed his website on Saturday, after he won the Conservative leadership race, making it much more difficult to find his policy positions. (andrewscheer.com)
A move by new Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's campaign has made it much tougher for average Canadians to consult the policy positions that won the hearts and minds of Conservative Party supporters.
Finding Scheer's policy positions used to be as easy as clicking on his website, where his thoughts on 26 policies were laid out — from "Prioritizing Real Refugees" and "Standing up for Religious Freedom," to "Freer Trade" and "Cheaper Flights."
But in the wake of Saturday's leadership vote, Canadians who went looking for that website — trying to find out more about the man who pulled off the come-from-behind upset victory — would've come up empty.
Sometime Saturday, before the results of the final vote were even announced, Scheer's campaign team transformed the site. Instead of the one that had been up for months with the candidate's policies, news releases and biography, visitors were greeted with a photo of Scheer and a message simply saying "thank you."
Late Monday afternoon, even that disappeared and visitors were instead redirected to the website of the Conservative Party of Canada.
Scheer's campaign Facebook page is still live, including videos where he talks about his various policies, like scrapping the carbon tax or eliminating the HST/GST from home energy. However, the accompanying links, meant to direct visitors to additional details, no longer work.
NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice says he questions what Scheer is trying to hide by shutting down his website as soon as the campaign wrapped up. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
A dozen of Scheer's policy pages — on subjects like "Tax Savings on Home Energy," defending democracy and "Common Sense on Firearms" — can be accessed indirectly by using tools like the Internet Archive.
But others — including his positions on refugees, supporting Israel, supply management, free speech on campus and accountability for First Nations — cannot.
My view? It's more malevolent than bizarre. I don't know what the playbook calls for, but what if there is a promise he wants to walk back, or maybe even forget about ... so what? It's a party election, not an national one. It's so trivial the reporter can't even tell us what it is that could be threatening.
I think they are casting around for narratives, a 'story' into which to fit Andrew. I think that's it's generally felt that it's better if the leader defines himself right at the start of his tenure rather than have his enemies do it for him. Andrew is now vulnerable, as Iggy was when the 'Just Visiting' series of ads started.
The party had a clear choice, as it worked out, between a Libertarian wanting to rather dramatically take the party back to capitalism; the other promised a continuation of Harper-style gradualism, only this time with a smile. This is where it would be good to have access to the raw vote. I wonder how close to 50-50 the membership is split in the raw vote as compared to the weighted one?
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