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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:34 am    Post subject: Scheer to unveil new shadow cabinet roles Reply with quote

Andrew Scheer to keep leadership rivals close with shadow cabinet roles coming Wednesday

But Conservative runner-up Maxime Bernier won't get coveted finance role, CBC News has learned

By Katie Simpson, CBC News Posted: Aug 29, 2017 5:00 PM ET| Last Updated: Aug 29, 2017 9:14 PM ET

Andrew Scheer, right, will name leadership rival Maxime Bernier as his innovation critic on Wednesday, CBC News has learned. Bernier had said publicly he wanted finance.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will name his shadow cabinet Wednesday, giving top leadership rival Maxime Bernier a key role — just not the one he wanted, CBC News has learned.

Bernier publicly campaigned for the role of finance critic, telling the Globe and Mail in July, "I hope that I can be the finance critic. That will be an interesting role for me and an important role. I'm ready to take that challenge."

But a senior Conservative source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CBC News that Bernier will instead be named critic for Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED).

ISED is the second-largest portfolio in government, with the aerospace industry being a key part of its mandate. During the Conservative leadership race, Bernier was outspoken in his criticism of the Liberal government's financial bailout of Bombardier.

The Conservative source said Erin O'Toole, who finished third in leadership race, will take on the foreign affairs critic role, while Quebec MP Gerard Deltell will shadow the Treasury Board and British Columbia MP Dan Albas will cover small business.

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is expected to name his critic roles on Wednesday. (CBC)

'Shadow ministers'

Scheer will also introduce new language for his inner circle, styling his key MPs as "shadow ministers" instead of using the traditional term "critic."

Other appointments include Alberta MPs Shannon Stubbs, who will cover Natural Resources, and Rachel Harder, who takes on Status of Women. Ontario MP Alex Nuttall will handle Youth, Sport and Disability, and Quebec MP Luc Berthold will be agriculture critic.

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Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is expected to style his party's critics as 'shadow ministers' when he makes the announcements on Wednesday. (CBC)

The remaining critic roles — including Finance, Immigration and Health — will be introduced Wednesday afternoon by news release.

The team will join Scheer's closest allies, including Lisa Raitt, who was named deputy leader last month, and Candice Bergen, who is keeping her role as House leader.

The source said the team represents a "united front" following the party's close leadership race, adding the MPs selected are "ambitious and energetic."

Scheer's team is hoping that by using the term shadow minister instead of critic, it will make it easier for Canadians to envision what a Conservative government would look like if successful in the next election.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer to unveil shadow cabinet Wednesday7:58

Khadr, 'local' business tax, asylum seekers

When Parliament resumes sitting later next month, the Conservatives plan to drill down on three key issues: the government pay-out to Omar Khadr, changes that curtail "income sprinkling" among business owners — or what the Conservatives will call "local" business taxes — recently introduced by the finance minister, and the surge of asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States.

To that end, the senior Conservative expects Scheer's first question to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when the House of Commons returns will be about the $10.5-million payment to Khadr.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrew Scheer's Conservative leadership bump the smallest any new party leader has had in 14 years[
Three months after becoming Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer has had little impact on the polls
By Éric Grenier, CBC News Posted: Aug 30, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 30, 2017 8:30 AM ET

Andrew Scheer's honeymoon as the leader of the Conservative Party is the worst any new party leader has experienced in 14 years, as the Conservatives are only marginally more popular today than they were when Scheer won the party's top job three months ago.

But while Scheer's leadership bump has been below average, ranking him in the bottom half of new leaders since John Diefenbaker, the relationship between a new leader's honeymoon and his or her subsequent electoral success is far from clear cut.

In polls conducted over the three months since Scheer was named leader, the Conservatives have averaged 32.1 per cent support. That's 1.3 points higher than the Conservatives' average poll support in the three months prior to the May 27 leadership vote.

That score is below the average increase of 2.3 points experienced by past leaders since 1956, when comparing average support three months before and three months after a new leader is put in place.

It is even further behind the average leadership bump of new Conservative leaders (including those of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties), which has come in at about four points — the same average increase newly-installed Official Opposition leaders have experienced.

That puts Scheer roughly in the middle of the pack of the new party leaders the Tories, Liberals and NDP have had since the 1950s and for which polling data is available.

Scheer's honeymoon also compares poorly to that of Justin Trudeau, who boosted his party's support by about eight points in 2013. Tom Mulcair also experienced a bigger bump than Scheer, increasing the NDP's support from around 28 to 34 per cent in 2012.

The fates of those two leaders in the 2015 federal election, however, were considerably different. [....]

I don't know that this stat means much, because there was only one leader in the last 14 years, and that was Stephen Harper, and his election capped off an effort to unify the two parties of what was then called 'the right'.

But Scheer seems to be a guy with no instinct for the popular move, and even less instinct about how to keep a party growing and advancing towards power.

But he's young, I'll give him that. It's possible that he's likeable. He seems to be adopting the Patrick Brown strategy, although Brown has a lot more justification, as he faces a government that only TC could love. But is Scheer waiting for the Federal Liberals take our whole nation down to the point where Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne have driven Ontario?

That's what I call failed politics, and I don't care how much "royal jelly" this dude is supposed to have.

And why, oh why, is Scheer treating Bernier so abominably?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scheer shakes up Conservative team, promotes some rivals but not Leitch, Trost

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer receives a standing ovation from his caucus on May 29, 2017.

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August 30, 2017

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has named a shadow cabinet that features free market tax-cutters in key economic posts but rejects leadership contenders who promoted socially conservative views.

Ottawa-area MP Pierre Poilievre will be the party's new shadow critic for finance, Mr. Scheer announced on Wednesday, while his main leadership rival Maxime Bernier will take on innovation, science and economic development, which includes the aerospace industry.

Most MPs who ran against Mr. Scheer were given shadow minister roles, as were their supporters, in a sign that Mr. Scheer is trying to bring various factions of the party together. But missing from the list were leadership contenders Kellie Leitch and Brad Trost, as well as veteran Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai, who finished last out of 14 contenders (including Kevin O'Leary, who dropped out but was still on the ballot) in the May leadership race. All three had critic positions under interim leader Rona Ambrose before the leadership contest began.

Ms. Leitch, an Ontario MP and physician who came sixth in the leadership race, ran a contentious campaign that focused on screening immigrants for "Canadian values," leading one of her leadership rivals to label her a "demagogue." Mr. Trost, an MP from Saskatchewan, vowed to reopen debates on abortion, assisted death and same-sex marriage, and was described by his campaign manager as not being comfortable with the "whole gay thing."

Although Mr. Scheer, a father of five, is anti-abortion himself, he has repeatedly said he won't bring forward government legislation on the topic and will work on issues that bring Conservatives together.

Mr. Trost, who was named the Canada-U.S. critic after the 2015 election, told The Globe and Mail he isn't bothered by the omission.

"Andrew's the leader. He's doing what's best for the party and he's got my full support," Mr. Trost said. "One advantage of not being a critic is you can deal with absolutely every issue across the board. You don't feel constrained."

Meanwhile, long-time Conservative MP Gerry Ritz, most recently the party's international trade critic, announced on Thursday that he's resigning his southwestern Saskatchewan seat. The former agriculture minister was first elected in 1997, after having worked for five years as a party staffer. "Twenty-five years in federal politics, it's time to start getting back connected with my family," Mr. Ritz, 66, a grandfather of three, told The Globe. "It should not be difficult to maintain this riding for the Conservatives."

Ontario MP Dean Allison will now take up the trade file.

Mr. Poilievre and Mr. Bernier now hold key roles in Mr. Scheer's caucus, a sign the Conservatives will steer clear of debates over social issues as they try to hammer the Liberal government on tax changes and big business subsidies. Mr. Poilievre, the former minister of democratic reform in Stephen Harper's government who presided over the controversial Fair Elections Act, has been highly critical of the Liberals' proposed carbon tax. He has repeatedly challenged Finance Minister Bill Morneau in the House of Commons to release information about how much the tax will cost Canadian households.

Mr. Bernier, a libertarian who ran a campaign based on small government, publicly coveted the finance-critic role, but told The Globe on Wednesday he's happy with his economic portfolio.

Ontario MP Erin O'Toole, who came third in the leadership race, was named to the foreign affairs role, while Quebec MP Gérard Deltell was made critic for the treasury board. British Columbia's Dan Albas will be the small business shadow critic.

Leadership hopeful Michael Chong, who ran on a platform that included a revenue-neutral carbon tax, has been named the infrastructure critic. British Columbia's Ed Fast remains the party's environment critic.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrew Scheer's 'shadow cabinet' reflects attempt to mend Conservative leadership race ruptures

Most of the MPs who ran against Scheer for the leadership rivals have roles in his shadow cabinet, though three are excluded

Andrew Scheer, Conservative leader and leader of the opposition speaks in Calgary, Alta. on Friday July 7, 2017 Jim Wells/Postmedia

Marie-Danielle Smith
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August 30, 2017
2:36 PM EDT

OTTAWA — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer unveiled his team of “shadow ministers” Wednesday, an apparent attempt to unite factions within the party by empowering his former rivals.

Months after a leadership race that included its share of intraparty tension, most of the MPs who ran against Scheer for the leadership rivals have roles in his shadow cabinet, though three are excluded. A legion of MPs who backed candidates other than Scheer have also been given roles.

Libertarian-leaning Maxime Bernier, from whom Scheer snatched victory in the final round of balloting at May’s leadership convention, gets the industry and innovation file, while a key organizer from Bernier’s campaign, Ontario MP Alex Nuttall, moves from that role to handle youth, sports and persons with disabilities. Tony Clement, who dropped out of the leadership race and ended up supporting Bernier, becomes the critic responsible for procurement.

Andrew Scheer, right, is congratulated by Maxime Bernier after being elected the new leader of the federal Conservative party at the federal Conservative leadership convention in Toronto on Saturday, May 27, 2017 Frank Gunn/Canadian Press

Bernier had indicated his desire for the finance critic role, which instead goes to Ottawa MP Pierre Poilièvre. A member of Stephen Harper’s Cabinet, Poilièvre has long been vocal on tax issues, and will also retain his role as critic for the National Capital Commission. Gérard Deltell, who was finance critic under interim leader Rona Ambrose but who endorsed Erin O’Toole’s bid for leader, will now shadow the Treasury Board.

O’Toole, who finished third in the leadership contest, gets foreign affairs, replacing Peter Kent — who was a supporter of Red Tory Michael Chong, and who now takes on the ethics file.

Chong, for his part, will become the Conservative critic on infrastructure, communities and urban affairs.

Another leadership rival, Steven Blaney, becomes critic for veterans affairs, a file on which he served as minister under Harper.

Candidate Andrew Scheer listens to Kellie Leitch speak during the Conservative leadership debate in Toronto on Wednesday April 26, 2017 Nathan Denette/Canadian Press

The three MPs whose bids for leader failed and who find themselves excluded from Scheer’s shadow cabinet are Deepak Obhrai, the longest-serving Conservative MP, who finished last on the first ballot; Brad Trost, the social conservative from whom Scheer picked up significant down-ballot support; and one of the most polarizing figures in the leadership race, Kellie Leitch.

“Andrew as leader is doing what’s best for the party he has my full support,” Trost said in an email to the Post.

Calgary MP Michelle Rempel, who didn’t publicly endorse a leadership candidate, retains the immigration file, as Rob Nicholson, who also remained publicly unaligned, keeps justice.

Leitch supporter Peter Van Loan retains the Canadian heritage file. Dean Allison, who supported Lisa Raitt, is on international trade. Dan Albas, a supporter of Bernier, gets small business. James Bezan, Todd Doherty, Ed Fast and Karen Vecchio, who backed O’Toole, continue in their respective current roles in national defence, fisheries, environment and social development. More O’Toole backers, Rachael Harder, Pat Kelly and Dianne Watts, switch into new roles: status of women, national revenue and labour.

Fully 11 of Scheer’s endorsers get shadow cabinet positions. Among them, Luc Berthold gets a promotion from deputy critic of transport to shadow minister of agriculture. Marilyn Gladu also gets a promotion from science to health, replacing Colin Carrie, who’s been dropped from the shadow cabinet.
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The Conservatives have opted not to create two critic roles to match the Liberals’ two Indigenous affairs ministers; existing critic Cathy McLeod — yet another O’Toole supporter — will take on both.

House leadership remains steady, with Raitt acting as deputy leader, Alain Rayes as Quebec political lieutenant, Candice Bergen as House leader, Mark Strahl as whip, and Chris Warkentin and John Brassard acting as deputies, respectively, to the House leader and whip. Diane Finley is caucus-party liaison.

Instead of naming them “critics,” Scheer is calling his team “shadow ministers” because, as the tone of a Wednesday press release suggests, he’s trying to position the Tories as a government-in-waiting.

Trudeau’s Liberals consistently poll above the Tories, but a lot can change by 2019 — including any waves made by a new NDP leader elected in October.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about the "regional and gender diversity' theme? The column doesn't analyse the appointments from that point of view.

It seems OK. I don't accept that the appointment of people like Tony Clement depends on the clout of Bernier. I think Bernier will be disappointed but not devastated, and the finance critic will probably be just as effective in the House.

The more interesting thing is there appears to be an 'understanding' between Trost and Scheer that we don't know about. It clearly is not going to be a stand on abortion. It doesn't seem to be about the increasing power of feminism either. What, then, can Scheer do for Trost? As I say, an interesting question.


I have a lot of doubts about Scheer as a leader. When I look at his full shadow cabinet, there don't seem to be obvious bad choices. He may have disappointed Bernier, but Bernier comes out of the race in a much improved position. It's the opportunity to use Bernier more effectively for a serious Quebec presence in the party and in the cabinet, that I regret. I think that effort would progress best through Bernier, particularly if it were linked to a promise to open up the party so that actually working out a partnership between the two founding language groups in the party.

If successful, it would make the Conservative Party the natural ruling party of Canada.

But Conservatives don't seem to think in those terms. I think it's worth a try -- what are their other ideas? Do they even have any?


Here's a test for Scheer. Let's see how he handles this hot political asset.


O''Leary is political gold, as candidates go. If I were Scheer, I would roll out the red carpet in anticipation, and get him a platform. As seats came up, I would give him first choice.

I call him political gold because (1) he has national face recognition, and even more importantly, (2) he has a persona based on telling the blunt truth in an impactful way.

This is the best man available, imho, to make Trudeau look like a feckless twirp (which, of course, he is).

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( the shadow cabinet was already made but apparently there was room for one more as this quebec mp has got a post )

Scheer adds Alupa Clarke to shadow cabinet

Quebec MP will be official languages critic and co-critic for international trade

BJ Siekierski

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has added Quebec MP Alupa Clarke to his shadow cabinet, giving him the roles of official languages critic and co-critic for international trade.

“I am proud to be a bilingual Canadian, and I will rigorously defend issues pertaining to official languages rights, especially since I have both French-Canadian and English-Canadian roots. Our country’s linguistic duality and its two founding peoples are among this great federation’s most cherished assets,” Clarke said in a press release on the eve of the Conservatives’ caucus retreat in Winnipeg.

Clarke said he intends to press the government on the...

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't really know why Scheer would want Bernier to be the face for Quebec, particularly when you could have Deltell in that role.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You feel that the best course for the guy who had the support of 1% more of the votes on the 13th ballot is to spurn the guy who got the 1% less -- on the 13th ballot?

It doesn't seem wise to me. Electoral campaigns develop tensions within organizations. It seems fundamental, to me, to take steps to reunify after the leadership election.

Are you suggesting that recruiting outsiders to fill roles long envied by the party faithful is wise?

Particularly when it isn't certain that the alternatives will respond. A bird in the hand, for one thing ... and perhaps Scheer could have both Bernier and Detell if he got some excitement going about the role of Quebec in the Conservative Party. The brighter the chances for growth in Quebec, the more Detell might want to be involved. And besides, don't you think Detell will have terms? Why should Detell get a better deal that the party stalwart that led on 12 of 13 ballots?

I don't think you can expect to run an opposition party like it's a command-and-control organization, certainly not with as much success as you can if you invite participation.

Let's see if Scheer has a place for O'Leary.
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