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Top 10 Replacements for Scheer

Federal Tory Leader Andrew says he wants to stay in the job, but several media outlets are reporting that the knives are already out. Below is the unofficial list of potential or likely candidates to seek the job.

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Federal Tory Leader Andrew Scheer has stepped down as the party boss. The Western Standard has assembled the unofficial list of candidates to replace him.

 

                                 10. Candice Bergen

 

Candice Bergen, MP

The MP for Portage-Lisgar since 2008 has slowly worked her way up from the backbenches to become the Tory House Leader and a Question Period star. She has a cutting wit for the camera and represents a younger generation of conservative women, but would likely lack the organizational and fundraising capacity to make a serious run.

 

9. Pierre Poilievre 

 

Pierre Poilievre, MP

First elected at age 25 in the Ottawa area riding of Carleton, the Calgary native grew out of his nickname “Skippy” to become a junior minister in the Harper government. Since then, he’s excelled as Tory Finance Critic under Scheer and has developed a razor-sharp style of questioning that has had Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau squirming in his seat more than once. 

A political animal, Poilievre is fluently bilingual and may surprise the bookies. 

8. Erin O’Toole

 

Erin O’Toole, MP

Erin O’Toole ran a strong third to Andrew Scheer and Maxime Bernier in the 2017 Tory leadership race, making his support critical to the eventual winner. With unexpectedly strong caucus support, he proved a capable organizer and a force to be reckoned with. 

His strong base with caucus and in the Ontario PC Party would make him a force again.

 

 

                                  7. John Baird

 

John Baird, former MP for Ottawa West-Nepean

First elected as an Ontario MPP in 1995 under Mike Harris’s Common-Sense Revolution, John Baird served as a senior cabinet minister before going on to become one of Stephen Harper’s chief lieutenants. Baird developed a reputation as a combative and skilled politician, but quit politics at the top of his game in 2015. 

He’s been cooling his heels in the private sector ever since, but a Baird run could prove decisive in all-important Ontario.

 

6. Peter McKay

 

Peter McKay, former MP and PC Leader

Peter McKay will be on every potential Tory leadership shortlist so long as he breaths. Having stepped aside for the first federal Conservative leadership race in 2004, many viewed it as “his turn” when it came time to replace Harper in 2017. It was widely speculated that he didn’t run in 2017 because Trudeau seemed unbeatable at the time, but such hang-ups may not exist now. 

McKay would be an instant front-runner with his long-time PC connections, Atlantic base, and credibility as a high-preforming cabinet minister. 

5. Maxime Bernier

 

People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier

Yes, crazy idea. Not going to happen. But it’s worth consideration. Mad Max nearly won the Tory crown once and would have taken it (and his Beauce seat) had it not been for the Dairy Cartel. 

Bernier certainly angered many a Conservative partisan when he decamped for the upstart People’s Party, but he is doubtless the standard-bearer of Canada’s new populist right. 

It might seem implausible, but Max is known for dramatic surprises.

 

4. Michelle Rempel 

 

Calgary-Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel

The Calgary-Nose Hill MP has steadily risen to become the most recognizable federal politician in Alberta post Harper and Kenney. She’s effectively used social media to build her profile with rank-and-file activists and is an obsessive organizer and campaigner. 

Rempel sat out the last Tory leadership race entirely – one of the few MPs to not even endorse a candidate – perhaps to season herself, and keep her powder dry. Her appeal would be both regional as a Westerner, but also as a young and bold woman that could appeal to voters less traditionally inclined to vote Conservative. 

3. Jason Kenney

 

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Alberta’s recently elected premier will deny it until he’s Tory blue in the face, but he has a hard time shaking off the belief by many that he still has designs on Ottawa. Kenney is without a doubt a formidable and tireless campaigner, and has deep connections with Conservative members in every corner of the country and in ethnic communities. 

But having just taken on Alberta’s top job and with the entirety of his adult life spent in politics, a move back to Ottawa could appear a cynical career move. 

2. Rona Ambrose

 

Rona Ambrose, former Conservative Interim-Leader

Even before Scheer’s October loss, Conservatives gathered everywhere could be heard whispering “Why didn’t Rona run?” The reason was pretty good: as interim-leader, she wasn’t allowed to. 

In her time at the helm though, she proved a competent leader and compassionate communicator. Her stock has only risen with time and she would be hard to beat.

 

 

1. Brad Wall

 

Former Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall

The Western Wall unavoidably must top any Conservative leadership list. Doing what few politicians manage to do and quit while he was ahead, Wall consistently ranked as the most popular premier in Canada while he was Saskatchewan boss. Wall would be able to count on a massive Western base – especially if Ambrose and Kenney stayed out – but he would be the second Saskatchewanian leader in a row, a point that counted against potential Ambrose and Kenney runs last time. Further, his staunch defence of the West would likely prove unpopular east of the Lakehead. 

Less conventional dreamers in the West imagine as prime minister. Just not one in Ottawa.

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  1. Don LeDrew

    November 5, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    I would put James Moore on this list

  2. PETER CROVES

    October 30, 2019 at 8:09 am

    peterMcKay
    Steven Blaney
    Michael Chong
    Pierre Lemieux
    Erin O’Toole
    Brad Wall, Rona Ambrose, Michelle Rempel, John Baird, Lisa Raitt, Jason Kenney, Candice Bergen, Pierre Poilievre, could enter a leadership race if there was one!.peter and Lisa would get support from A-C seven are sitting MP’S, reelected this OCT.five are westerners, one is an MP in Quebec and that could be needed if leader, for a brake though their!.four ar ONT MP’s and could build support in ONT and build the west-east divide!.for peter, and number 6,7,9,11, they did walk away, do they want to enter?. Lisa could win votes in ONT and AC, but she did lose her seat in the election and was Andrews number two, Her loss could be seen as a view on Scheer’s leadership, to which she was too closely licked ?. Keep your eyes on these 13!. I do not see Jason doing a run myself!. do not think, Lisa would myself!

  3. Ed George Whitehorse

    October 24, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Thoughtful list. I liked Danielle Smith’s suggestion that it is quite possible Andrew Sheer will stay in place and his “star” will shine as a diplomatic performer gathering the like-minded and forming temporary coalitions to get results. Sheer than can help provinces achieve their independance.
    I would be interested in a list of eligible Leaders of Alberta. These are the people who need to be highlighted.

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Trudeau’s beach denier demoted

Trudeau was photographed twice on a beach in Tofino after deciding to skip the first day of a holiday he created — the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

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The Justin Trudeau spokesman who told reporters the prime minister “wasn’t on a beach” when he was, has been demoted, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Trudeau was photographed twice on a beach in Tofino after deciding to skip the first day of a holiday he created — the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

Trudeau had promised to “set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government.”

Alex Wellstead will be “taking on new challenges” as press secretary to the industry minister, the Prime Minister’s Office said yesterday.  

Wellstead. Courtesy Twitter

Wellstead in a statement called it “a very difficult decision to make.” He had worked as Trudeau’s official spokesman for 20 months.

Wellstead on September 30 issued misleading statements to conceal the fact Trudeau spent the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at a beach resort in Tofino, B.C.

“He wasn’t on a beach,” Wellstead told The Canadian Press at the time. Global News and the weekly Chilliwack Progress photographed Trudeau strolling on the beach and enjoying a glass of beer on a beachfront patio.

The Prime Minister’s Office claimed Trudeau was in private meetings in Ottawa. Staff flew an Indian Residential School “survivors’ flag” and issued a solemn statement in Trudeau’s name.

“We remember the children who never made it home,” it said.

Wellstead did not explain his conduct.

“You as a communicator need to understand everything,” Wellstead said in a March 30 interview with public relations students at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont.

The prime minister in 2015 Ministerial Mandate letters said officials must be truthful and transparent.

“Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, indeed all journalists in Canada and abroad, are professionals who by asking necessary questions contribute in an important way to the democratic process,” wrote Trudeau.

“Your professionalism and engagement with them is essential.

“We have committed to set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government. It is time to shine more light on government to ensure it remains focused on the people it serves.

“Government and its information should be open by default. If we want Canadians to trust their government, we need a government that trusts Canadians.

“It is important that we acknowledge mistakes when we make them. Canadians do not expect us to be perfect. They expect us to be honest, open and sincere in our efforts to serve the public interest.”

Trudeau on October 6 apologized for the Tofino holiday.

“Traveling on September 30 was a mistake and I regret it,” the prime minister told reporters.

“What made you decide to take a personal trip on a day your government set aside to honour the victims and survivors of residential schools?” asked a reporter.

“Like I said, it was a mistake,” replied Trudeau.

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Feds threaten regulated businesses with COVID fines

The labour department in a statement said it would rewrite the Canada Labour Code to mandate vaccination for some 955,000 private sector employees in federally regulated sectors like air transportation, banking, broadcasting, grain milling, marine shipping, railways and interprovincial trucking.

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If they don’t mandate vaccination of workers, the Labour department is threatening to levy cash fines against airports, banks, radio stations and other federally-regulated employers, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

But the Liberals stopped short of repeating an earlier threat to strip workers of legal rights to challenge vaccine orders.

“It is time to move on,” said Government House Leader Mark Holland.

“Get vaccinated. That’s what Canadians expect to have happen.

“I think the country understands we have now 90% of Canadians who have had their first injection, over 86% with their second. All workplaces across the country” should promote vaccinations, he added.

The labour department in a statement said it would rewrite the Canada Labour Code to mandate vaccination for some 955,000 private sector employees in federally regulated sectors like air transportation, banking, broadcasting, grain milling, marine shipping, railways and interprovincial trucking.

First Nations businesses will be exempt.

“Employers who do not comply with their obligations under the Canada Labour Code may be subject to compliance and enforcement measures including administrative monetary penalties,” the notice said.

“The government will consult with key stakeholders, including representatives of small and medium-sized employers, as it works expeditiously to finalize the new regulations which would come into force in early 2022. The government will also develop resources to help federally regulated workplaces implement the COVID-19 vaccination requirements.”

The notice made no reference to a liability shield proposed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the election campaign. Trudeau on September 1 said a re-elected Liberal cabinet would shield employers from any legal challenge of vaccination orders.

“We’ll stand firm on our commitment,” said Trudeau, adding: “We’ll protect businesses that mandate vaccinations from unjustified lawsuits.”

Canadians who declined a COVID-19 shot were “more than just wrong, because everyone’s entitled to their opinion, they are putting at risk their own kids and they’re putting at risk our kids as well,” said Trudeau.

“What about my choice to keep my kids safe? What about our choices to make sure we’re getting through this pandemic as quickly as we can?”

The Liberal Party in its September 1 campaign platform stated: “A re-elected Liberal government will table legislation to ensure every business and organization that decides to require proof of vaccination from employees and customers can do so without fear of a legal challenge.”

Compulsory vaccination breaches federal law, according to a May 19 statement by Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien and 1996 National Immunization Report by the Department of Health.

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Firearms lobby group shoots down Liberal move to decriminalize gun laws

The Liberal government is moving again to eliminate the mandatory minimum prison (MMPs) times handed to people convicted of some gun crimes.

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The Liberal’s move to decriminalize numerous firearms laws show they are only interested in punishing legal gun owners, says the executive director of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association.

“It must seem obvious to anyone that the Liberal’s real agenda is to persecute and punish lawful firearms owners — by definition, the people that don’t break the law. Every time a new Liberal gun control measure is announced, it is directed at the law-abiding while the punishments for real criminals are lessened,” Tony Bernardo told the Western Standard.

The Liberal government is moving again to eliminate the mandatory minimum prison (MMPs) times handed to people convicted of some gun crimes.

A proposed Liberal bill would affect 14 Criminal Code sections and six drug-related offences.

The gun offences that would see MMPs dropped include possessing a restricted firearm with ammunition, weapons trafficking, discharging a firearm while committing an offence, reckless discharge of a firearm, and extortion and robbery with a firearm.

It follows a similar bill the party introduced in February that died without being passed when the election was called in August.

It would remove MMPs from 13 firearms offences and one for a tobacco offence.

MMPs would remain for murder, treason, impaired driving and sexual offences, as well as a some firearms offences.

“The Liberal’s C-5 has nothing to do with helping marginalized Canadians and everything to do with protecting the predators of our society,” said Bernardo.

“Yet, they are willing to spend billions to take competition rifles from sportspersons under the guise of making us safer. Where are the promised protections to the urban Canadians that have their neighbourhoods ravaged every week by drugs, gangs, and violence?

“Why has this government forsaken the people in rural areas that have their hard-earned property stolen with impunity? Where are the safe streets these political carpetbaggers sell every election? Where is the outrage from Canadians as the Liberals lie their way through another mandate?”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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