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Canada ‘If not Andrew, who?’: political scientist weighs in on calls for Scheer’s resignation

07:35  30 november  2019
07:35  30 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Mount Royal University political science professor Duane Bratt believes the move is "designed to end the investigation of the UCP leadership race in 2017."

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The calls are getting louder in the east, but the answer is staying the same: Andrew Scheer is not stepping down as Conservative leader.

"There are certainly people that may have interest in having a leadership race right now," Scheer said in a press conference on Thursday. "I believe it's in our party's best interest to stay united, to stay focused on the task at hand, and that is showing Canadians that we're ready to govern this country."

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Andrew Scheer has been the Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada since May 27, 2017. He is in politics to put hardworking families first. Andrew grew up in Ontario but chose to raise a family and build a career in Saskatchewan. He and his wife Jill live in Regina with their children, Thomas, Grace

Mount Royal University political science professor Duane Bratt believes the move is "designed to end the investigation of the UCP leadership race in 2017."

Earlier this week, party supporters in Montreal put the Regina Qu'Appelle MP on blast, calling for his resignation.

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But in a province taken over by the blue wave this last election, Saskatchewanians seem split when it comes to Scheer support.

"I think he's sincere; he's honest. The only difficulty he's having is his advisers didn't give him the right answers," said Conservative supporter Glen Denham. "He's got a little problem with his management team, but that will all straighten away."

"He will be the next prime minister by the way," Denham said.

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"He's probably like everybody else, when they start out he's made a few mistakes. But so does everybody else," said Gerald Skeels, who voted Conservative.

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Mount Royal University political science professor Duane Bratt believes the move is "designed to end the investigation of the UCP leadership race in 2017."

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has taken heat from some of his defeated candidates this week — but those who lost in October aren't the only ones It raises the question of how many Conservative MPs would go to the wall for Scheer if calls for his resignation from within the party continue to grow.

While some leaders choose to resign after not gaining a majority government, political scientist Jim Farney said it's not a convention.

"What's happening now is really loud voices saying, 'Hey this guy lost, we need to do better next time. Let's get rid of it now and kind of start fresh,'" Farney said. "They are an internally divided party regionally and ideologically and it comes out in questions around the leadership."

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"You're seeing the social conservatives say he wasn't socially conservative enough. You're seeing the more progressive wing say he's too socially conservative."

The Conservative Party went down this road not too long ago. In 2017, Scheer was elected as leader after Stephen Harper's resignation.

Farney said the question now becomes: "If not Andrew, who?"

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"It's a sweep of provincial politicians rather than serious contenders who have federal presence," Farney said. "It could be just like the leadership election. Scheer survives by virtue of being everybody's acceptable choice."

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Conservatives gained ground this last election, winning 121 seats compared to 95 in 2015. Despite the positive gains, Farney said calls for resignation could shadow a "subterranean fight inside the party."

"Something in the firing of his senior staff suggests that there's a lot going on there," Farney said. "Is it a management style thing? Is it strategic decisions that were made in the election about which policies to support?"

"It's hard to see from outside the Ottawa bubble what that was."

Scheer will undergo a leadership review and confidence vote at the Conservative Party Convention in April.

"We're going to do the hard work, do the necessary work to ensure that we finish the job we started, that I finish the job that we started, and win the next election," Scheer said.

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