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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:52 pm    Post subject: Warren: A year and a half in, Scheer's a disappointment Reply with quote

WARREN: A year and a half in, Scheer's a disappointment
Jim Warren
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January 26, 2019

Updated: January 26, 2019 5:24 PM EST

Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer addresses the Ontario PC Convention in Toronto on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Andrew Scheer has been leader of the Conservative Party of Canada for over a year and a half. The bad news for Conservatives is that throughout that time he has demonstrated extremely poor political judgment. He has been a disappointment.

The glimmer of good news for the Tories is that Scheer continues to be a work in progress and he has time before the next election to improve himself and make better political decisions to win the next election.

The first thing Scheer needs to improve is his political judgment when it comes to issues, such as Brexit, NAFTA and Maxime Bernier.

Scheer endorsed Brexit. Then he doubled down on his endorsement.

Brexit is a wrecking ball for political careers. Supporting it wins him zero votes to become prime minister and could cost him votes.

I have no idea why he would endorse Brexit and he either needs better political antennae or needs to listen to smart advisers because during an election you need to think on your feet and avoid non-winners like this political endorsement.

Another head-scratcher was Scheer’s decision to pull support for our NAFTA negotiating team at the critical final stage of reaching a deal. Again, there’s zero upside to doing so — and it makes him look foolish and selfish when a deal gets done.

And now he says he could have won a better deal, which seems incredulous as he played possum and undermined the bipartisan group of politicians federally and provincially who were all working together in the best interests of Canada.

Lastly, he won the leadership on the 13th and final ballot. He inherited a divided party, much of which initially supported Bernier for leader.

Scheer had to do anything and everything to keep Mad Max in the party tent. Scheer had to keep the party together and he failed miserably.

To win next fall, Scheer also needs to improve his attacks on Justin Trudeau and the Liberals. He constantly stretches the truth. It’s not like he doesn’t have enough material already to attack Trudeau on.

Stretching the truth stretches his credibility and makes him look self-serving.

When he attacks Trudeau, he should be articulating forward-thinking and new ideas. But Scheer is all about being critical of the past. He doesn’t seem to realize that voters want hope and a clear path for future opportunities.

He also needs to stop attacking Trudeau as an Ottawa elitist out of touch with the common person. Scheer has collected an MP’s salary since he was 25 years old. He has lived in two different houses payed for by the taxpayer, first as Speaker and now as Opposition leader.

He has a limo. He has gold-plated MP benefits. He has an MP’s pension.

Everything Scheer says about Trudeau being out of touch is actually true about Scheer himself.

Scheer needs to take a page from the Doug Ford playbook and focus on populist issues. He needs to focus on the economy if he wants to be competitive in the next election.

While he is a new leader, and this will be his first election running for prime minister, he needs to avoid making the political mistakes and poor decisions that have marked his first year and a half at the helm.

The best news of all for Scheer is it seems his opponents seem to be matching his mistakes step for step.
https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/warren-a-year-and-a-half-in-scheers-a-disappointment
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But he is getting better ... half-right, and too late is better than nothing.

We are seeing that the firing of McCallum has only made all sides snap back to their official positions, or worse. McCallum's real sin was in letting his words get into the media. The Liberals should have kept him in place. They can't help themselves.

The Americans, meanwhile, have doubled down 'by generating another bunch of charges against Meng. So it's actually getting worse.

And it looks as if Andrew is through with focus groups and testing the wind.
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‘Debacle’ with China latest foreign policy flub for Trudeau, says Scheer
By Mike Blanchfield — Jan 28 2019

OTTAWA — The "debacle" over the firing of Canada's ambassador to China is the latest in a string of foreign-policy failures for the prime minister, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer charged on Monday.

Scheer also cited Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's controversial photo-op-filled trip to India last winter, said Trudeau made "concession after concession" on the trade front to U.S. President Donald Trump, and frustrated Japan and Australia when Canada didn't immediately sign on to a rebooted Trans-Pacific Partnership in late 2017.

"It's clear that the prime minister's foreign policy is a disaster and Canadians are paying for his mistakes," Scheer said in the first question of the government in the newly constructed House of Commons in the West Block of Parliament Hill.

The final sitting of Parliament before this fall's federal election opened with the Liberals on the defensive, following Trudeau's decision on Friday to fire ambassador John McCallum.

The move came after a turbulent week that saw McCallum — an experienced cabinet minister who was parachuted into a sensitive diplomatic job with Canada's second-largest trading partner — go off script in Canada's efforts to win the release of two men imprisoned by the People's Republic after Canada arrested a Chinese telecommunications executive.

"After clowning around in India and inviting a convicted terrorist along with him, he then was forced to take concession after concession from Donald Trump. He even angered our partners in Japan and Australia. And now we have the debacle with China. Why did the prime minister show such weakness and wait so long to fire his ambassador?" Scheer demanded.

Trudeau sidestepped the question and reiterated taking points about how the government is devoted to the rule of law and remains committed to marshalling international support to win the release of the two Canadians and seek clemency for a third man facing a death sentence on drug charges.

Earlier Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said McCallum was fired because he didn't toe the government's line in the current China crisis.

McCallum apologized last week for misspeaking about the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested on Dec. 1 in Vancouver at the request of the United States, which wants to extradite her on fraud charges.

He was then fired after telling a Vancouver newspaper it would be "great for Canada" if the U.S. dropped its extradition request for Meng.

Freeland said McCallum's comments were inconsistent with the position of the government, which is that Meng is the subject of a legal proceeding that is not politically motivated.

The "foremost job" of any Canadian ambassador is to accurately represent the government's views, she said.

"That is what made it untenable for ambassador McCallum to remain in his role."

Freeland said she considers McCallum a friend and that he visited her home earlier this month. But Freeland offered no explanation for why McCallum chose to say what he did.

The government remains focused on gaining the release of former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor, who have been arrested on vague suspicions of violating Chinese national security, she said.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman had little to say Monday about McCallum's departure in his government's daily press briefing, saying that it was an internal Canadian matter. But Geng Shuang also made it clear China still wasn't buying Canada's insistence that Meng's case was an independent legal matter and reiterated his government's demand that Canada release her unconditionally.

"I want to point out that the Meng Wanzhou case is definitely not a pure judicial case," he said in translated remarks on his department's website.

"There are strong political motives and maneuverings behind it. The Chinese people and the international community know that very well."

Justice Minister David Lametti said Canada is following its treaty obligations with the United States.

"We are protecting Ms. Meng's rights within that process and will continue to do so," he said.

Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2019/01/28/mccallum-fired-because-he-didnt-toe-government-comms-line-on-china-freeland/#.XE_OXVxKjIV
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Scheer is at least saying what he should have been saying in December on trade -- and he's wrong on McCallum but at least he's attacking. Much is in the delivery ... and it's hard 'to imagine much fire-in-the-belly from Andrew. Let's hope.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( what failure ? his trip to BC seems to have been successful , his visit to a liberal riding in Surrey went well and even got some local press )


Conservative MP candidate for Cloverdale-Langley City Tamara Jansen and Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer at the Cloverdale Legion, Feb. 1, 2019. (Samantha Anderson)

UPDATE: Andrew Scheer talks veterans’ issues, small business at Cloverdale Legion

Cloverdale-Langley City MP candidate Tamara Jansen hosts Scheer in Cloverdale during Surrey visit
Samantha Anderson/
Feb. 1, 2019 11:53 a.m./
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Federal Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer came to the Cloverdale Legion on Friday afternoon to discuss issues facing Cloverdale-Langley City constituents with Conservative MP candidate Tamara Jansen.

It was a packed house on Feb. 1, as supporters and community members gathered for an “informal conversation” with Scheer and Jansen, and to hear their answers on veteran issues and small business concerns.

Although neither Jansen nor Scheer made specific commitments to policies, they did speak to broad objectives and personal ideals.


The one-hour session kicked off with Jansen and Scheer relating on a personal level — both are parent to five children.

Jansen, a Langley-area businesswoman who hopes to unseat current Cloverdale-Langley City MP John Aldag in the next federal election, interviewed Scheer for the first few minutes, before turning the microphone over to audience members.

The first question came from a veteran. He asked about the “elephant in the room, or rather, the dog,” gesturing to the PTSD service dog at his feet. He said he was frustrated with Veteran Affairs Canada, and how it “downloads” responsibilities onto province-level services that have massive backlogs.

“If there’s a program, they’ll send you to the province,” he said. “If there’s no program, they’ll send you home.”

Veterans amongst the audience at a Feb. 1, 2019 event at the Cloverdale Legion.

Samantha Anderson


So how would Jansen and Scheer see Veteran Affairs Canada run?

Scheer said that “when you have specific medical needs as a result of your service, that is the government’s responsibility” to fulfill those needs.

In response to a later question on how a Conservative government led by Scheer would run a Veteran Affairs department, Scheer said he would have “more specifics during the election campaign.” What he could promise was that veteran-related policies would be made “on a founding principle that [veterans] will get 100 per cent of the commitment that was there when they signed on” with the Canadian Forces and that the “rug would not be pulled from under them” in regards to programs being de-funded.

Audience members with small business concerns then took the microphone.

Jansen spoke about her experience as a business owner in Langley, and how it inspired her to get into politics. Before she retired and sold her business to her son, Jansen owned Darvonda Nurseries in Langley Township.

Jansen was frustrated when the Liberal federal government proposed changes to the tax system to end what was referred to as “tax loopholes” in 2017. The plan received backlash in the Cloverdale and Langley City riding, with small business owners expressing that they felt they were being unfairly targeted. The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce even went as far as starting a letter writing campaign in 2017, urging the government to scrap the proposed changes.

Cloverdale-Langley City MP John Aldag held town halls on the topic in the fall of 2017, which Jansen said she attended. “It was so obvious that they were arrogant,” she said of the Liberal government. “They had no clue what we as small business do to create small jobs.”

Jansen also said she was shocked when she found she had to pay significantly more taxes to sell her family business to her son than she would have if she had sold to “a foreign entity.”

After her experiences, she was motivated to seek the Conservative nomination for Cloverdale-Langley City, which she won in October 2018.

Another point of passion for Jansen was recent changes made to the Canada Summer Jobs program. She referred to the 2018 “values test” required of organizations applying for Canada Summer Jobs funding as a “fiasco.”

The Canada Summer Jobs program provides federal funds to organizations looking to hire youth as temporary, full-time help during a summer season. In 2018, applicants were required to state that their organization’s core mandate did not work to undermine constitutional rights. It required an organization to indicate they supported reproductive rights — including access to abortion.

“They were asking business owners a question that has nothing whatsoever to do with what we do,” said Jansen. “I mean, we sold flowers. Why am I checking this box to do that?”

If a business owner asked a prospective employee to answer a similar “test,” they would get “dragged in front of a human rights tribunal,” she said.


https://www.surreynowleader.com/news/andrew-scheer-heads-to-cloverdale-to-talk-veterans-issues-small-business/
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like the Liberals plan to confront Scheer on his own trust-fund-like existence.

John Ivison: Despite a pledge to keep it positive, Liberals plan to get personal with Scheer, Poilievre
As former Liberal campaign director Keith Davey once said, if your opponent says you’re fat, you say he’s bald. 'Never get trapped on the defensive'

John Ivison
John Ivison
February 6, 2019
8:07 PM EST

But after days of being battered by the Conservatives in the House of Commons over what opposition leader Andrew Scheer called Trudeau’s “vast family fortune,” and the prime minister’s claim that low-income families don’t pay taxes, the Liberals are about to go on the attack.

The Prime Minister’s Office has been grappling with a way to respond to accusations that Trudeau is too removed from Canadians because of his privileged upbringing.

“Has (Trudeau’s) luxurious lifestyle made him so out of touch that he does not understand the everyday struggles of low-income Canadians?” Scheer asked in the House Wednesday.

The Liberals hope the solution will be to suggest the opposition leader is a hypocrite, having earned millions of taxpayers’ dollars as a career politician without ever working away from Parliament Hill for any length of time in his adult life.

A Liberal source says they will describe Scheer as “The $6 Million Man,” a political lifer who has earned $2,956,000 in salary since first being elected in 2004, and a further $3 million in estimated pension benefits in that time. They contend that does not include the years he spent living rent-free at official residences, first while Speaker of the House, and currently at Stornoway, the official residence of the leader of the opposition.

The 39-year-old Scheer’s only job outside politics was a six-month stint as an insurance broker in Regina before being elected.

The Liberals also plan to target another 39-year-old career politician, Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre, also first elected in 2004 and who has since earned $2.5 million in salary. His lifetime pension is worth $2.45 million this year, according to a study by the Canadian Taxpayer Federation.

The hope is that getting personal will blunt the effectiveness of the attacks being levelled at Trudeau. Certainly they need to find some response. [....]
https://nationalpost.com/opinion/john-ivison-despite-pledge-to-keep-it-positive-liberals-plan-to-get-personal-with-scheer-poilievre?video_autoplay=true
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is fun!!!

Do Ralph Goodale Next!!

Actually do Hedy Fry next!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
That is fun!!!

Do Ralph Goodale Next!!

Actually do Hedy Fry next!!!




I know kind of weird angle of attack considering all MP's who server 6 years or longer are eligible for a pension when they retire


many former liberal MP's would be currently getting pension benefits and many others eligible once they retire


the liberal caucus also includes many older veterans who will qualify for pensions , haven't heard what Scott Brison would be eligible for but being an MP since 1997 it likely be large
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I know kind of weird angle of attack considering all MP's who server 6 years or longer are eligible for a pension when they retire


Its a weird angle that the Government that has increased MP salaries three times and passed Bill C-24 creating the most expensive cabinet in Canadian history is seemingly trying to take the moral high-ground by somehow damning the outlandish salaries & pensions of MPs.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its a shocking figure -- Scheer has earned more in pension benefits than he did in salary.

Our elected representatives are doing pretty good at feathering their own nests. Don't you wish they took as good care of their supporters as they do themselves.
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