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Canada Chris Selley: Scheer’s silence is either suspicious or baffling

21:00  20 october  2019
21:00  20 october  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

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That said, either Bernier, the non-social conservative who understands what Parliament is for, or Scheer , the proud but pragmatic social conservative, was a reasonable choice to follow Harper’ s stifling, paranoid leadership. Both are much more cheerful, much more comfortable in their own skins

Chris Selley : Andrew Scheer ’ s unlikely path to victory runs against history and a strong economy. Chris Selley : Conservative or Liberal, foreign policy They do this all the bloody time. They propose a progressive measure; the Conservatives refuse to support it , either at all or with sufficient enthusiasm

Andrew Scheer wearing a suit and tie: Conservative leader Andrew Scheer responds to questions from the media during a campaign stop in Toronto. Saturday, October 19, 2019.© Adrian Wyld Conservative leader Andrew Scheer responds to questions from the media during a campaign stop in Toronto. Saturday, October 19, 2019.


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“Yes.”

That’s all Andrew Scheer needed to say.

The Globe and Mail reported this weekend that the Conservatives hired a consulting firm, Daisy group, to dig up dirt on Maxime Bernier and his People’s Party, with a goal of keeping him out of the leaders’ debates or, failing that, just generally discredit them as much as possible.

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In lieu of Scheer ’ s unbearable power-rock campaign song, he was led to the stage by a bagpiper. Speaking with reporters, MacKay kyboshed in as many ways as he could a Globe and Mail report that he was preparing a leadership campaign should Scheer fall short.

Whatever other adjectives might describe the 2019 federal election campaign, “novel” is unlikely to be one of them. Four years ago, Justin Trudeau asked us to look past a dozen positive economic indicators and instead interrogate our feelings: “Are you better off now than you were 10 years ago when

It’s all very interesting. It’s potentially mildly embarrassing, inasmuch as they didn’t hire a better consulting firm. And honestly, no one should need outside help to raise questions about Bernier’s various, shall we say, unconventional candidates. (Maybe they outsourced it because it was so easy? Like data entry?)

But there doesn’t seem to be anything particularly scandalous about it, by the wretched standards of Canadian politics. “It is legal for parties to hire outside firms to assist with political campaigns,” the Globe notes. Who cares whether in-house opposition research or a contractor digs up the dirt that gets flung around the campaign trail?

Furthermore it’s obviously true, or else the party would deny it.

Nothing in the report remotely justified the spectacle Scheer created at a Monday-morning press conference in Toronto, where reporter after reporter asked if the report was true, and Scheer repeated over and over and over again some variation of the statement the party gave the Globe: “We do not comment on what vendors or suppliers we may or may not do business with.”

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Hypothesis 1: Suspicious is preferred to convey that something is wrong with a circumstance obtaining in the first place. It is funny that something has occurred or is occurring at all. One could say that suspicious is more psychological or mental than suspect. Consider again the suspicious list

Twice, four times, six, at least 10. I lost count.

Many Conservative partisans will blame the media for creating said spectacle. (It would have been a hell of a show had the report landed a day earlier: Frederictonians loudly booed reporters asking far less confrontational questions at Scheer’s Thursday-morning press conference in the New Brunswick capital.)

But undecided voters may see a would-be prime minister failing to answer dead-simple yes-or-no questions for no discernible reason — failing, even, to explain why he won’t answer. We’ve had plenty of such prime ministers already, thank you very much. And we’ve had plenty of governments — which is to say all of them in my lifetime — which treat the most basic information as radioactively proprietary despite endless promises of “openness by default.’ We have one such prime minister , and one such government, right now. Conservatives will tell you that’s one of the reasons we need replacements. Scheer looked like part of the problem, for no obvious reason.

The other option, of course, is that there’s something very very nasty waiting to be unearthed in this alleged business relationship. Either way it was not a good morning for the Conservatives.

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Chris Selley: Rethinking the shameless election, and how it was covered — damp squib and all .
One of the odder criticisms of the election campaign we all just endured is that it was unprecedently nasty. Last week, Global News ran a story headlined “Conservatives running ‘one of the dirtiest, nastiest campaigns’ Trudeau alleges,” in which essentially the sole evidence — other than Justin Trudeau saying it over and over again — was Andrew Scheer’s prediction that a re-elected Trudeau government would tax capital gains on the sale of principal residences. The Conservatives were shameless with this sort of prediction-stated-as-fact.

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