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Canada Scheer spoke to Harper after election loss, vows leadership review will proceed

18:35  27 october  2019
18:35  27 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he spoke with former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper after losing the election last week.

But he's not giving any hints about what they discussed.

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In an interview with the West Block's Mercedes Stephenson, Scheer confirmed he has heard from his former mentor and party leader following his return to Official Opposition status in Monday's election, and said he is focused on figuring out what went wrong with the Conservative campaign.

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In Canadian politics, a leadership review is a vote held at a political party convention in which delegates decide whether to endorse the incumbent party leader or schedule a leadership convention to elect a new leader .

The 2017 Conservative Party of Canada leadership election was held on May 27, 2017. Party members chose Andrew Scheer as leader , replacing Stephen Harper

"I've reached out to many different Conservatives. I won't go into all who I have and haven't been speaking with. My priority is to talk to candidates and members who ran in the last campaign because I really do want to hear from them," Scheer said when asked if he had spoken with Harper.

"I won't go into a private conversation but look, we're taking this very seriously."

"We had great people running for us in every part of this country and many of them were not elected. That's disappointing to me and I want to make sure going forward we have a stronger campaign that connects with voters all across the country."

There have been numerous columns and articles written over the past week citing Conservative insiders who said Scheer's stance on same-sex marriage and his opposition to reproductive choice hurt his party's appeal for voters in Ontario and Quebec.

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The fact that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went into the campaign with a damaged brand from his infamous India trip and the SNC-Lavalin scandal, and survived despite the revelations he repeatedly wore blackface as a young adult, have also been cited in those reports as a source of concern for party insiders.

In essence, those reports have suggested that officials within the Conservative team are questioning whether Scheer can take down Trudeau in the future if he couldn't kick him out of the prime minister's office with all the baggage connected to him in the last campaign.

Scheer vowed after the election loss that he would be staying on as leader of the party.

But that's not entirely up to him.

Party members are set to vote on whether Scheer should stay on as leader at a leadership review in April 2020 and already there are rumblings about whether prominent party members like former Harper cabinet minister Peter MacKay could be vying for his job.

Scheer vowed that review will still go ahead but said he will be making his case to voters about how he wants to move forward.

"It's absolutely going to go ahead. This is something that is part of our party's democratic tradition, that the leader is held accountable by the members, by the national council, by our caucus and by our grassroots organization. So that is something that will absolutely proceed," he said.

"I wouldn't want it any other way."

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For the first time since the Oct. 21 election, Andrew Scheer meets his caucus today — looking for a second chance. The Conservative leader has been criticized, both publicly and privately, for losing an election that many in the party felt he should have won, for failing to convince voters in key ridings in Ontario that he respects same-sex marriage and a woman's right to choose, and for a platform that failed to convince Canadians that Conservatives take climate change seriously.

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