Canada Rempel Garner not ruling out run to replace Scheer, says Tories need ‘bold’ reset
Top Tories probing over $900K in Scheer office expenses
A spokesperson for the party refused to say whether the expenses were in line with those in 2015 and 2011.Multiple party sources tell Global News the usual expenses submitted from the leader’s office to the Conservative National Council sit in the range of about $200,000 per fiscal year – but that in its last financial statement, Scheer’s office expenses came in at over $900,000 for the last fiscal year.
The Conservative Party needs a bold and "transformative" reset to carry it into the future, says its innovation critic Michelle Rempel Garner.
And while Rempel Garner isn't saying whether she will run to become the new party leader, she also isn't ruling it out.
In an interview with The West Block's Mercedes Stephenson, Rempel Garner was asked about what she thinks the party needs in a new leader.
Former Conservative MP Lisa Raitt to help run race to replace Scheer
OTTAWA — A high-profile Conservative who lost her seat in the last election will help lead the effort to elect a replacement for party Leader Andrew Scheer. The Conservative Party has announced that Lisa Raitt will co-chair the organizing committee for the upcoming leadership race.
“I think we need somebody who’s really bold and wants transformative policy that very clearly and enthusiastically and unabashedly will come out and support the rights of all Canadians regardless of their sexuality, their gender, their background and somebody that gets that Canadians don’t want transactional politics," she said.
"They want transformative politics."
Her interview came in the wake of the decision by Andrew Scheer to resign after it was revealed he had used party funds to pay for the private-school education of four of his children, and after his election loss.
Scheer lost the election to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in October despite Trudeau being dogged by the SNC-Lavalin scandal and his repeated wearing of blackface and brownface in the past.
Expect a short leadership race, even if massive change is looming for the Conservatives
Expect a short leadership race, even if massive change is looming for the ConservativesThe upcoming Conservative leadership race to replace Andrew Scheer is, so far, shrouded in mystery.
The Liberals repeatedly hammered Scheer throughout that campaign over his opposition to same-sex marriage and his opposition to abortion, arguing he could not be trusted to leave the matter closed.
While the Conservatives swept seats in Alberta and Saskatchewan, they failed to make the kind of gains needed in the Greater Toronto Area and Quebec, which are seat-rich and key to determining which party will form government in elections.
Since then, Conservative caucus members and party insiders have warned that it was Scheer's socially conservative views on marriage equality and reproductive choice that cost the party its chance at defeating Trudeau in those critical regions.
He announced last week he would resign following weeks of building pressure as well as an explosion of anger within the party after it became known that he had been using party funds to pay for the private education of his children without the knowledge of many senior members of the Conservative Fund.
Jennifer Garner Jokes About Her Gargantuan Christmas Tree: ‘It’s A Little Aggressive’
Jennifer Garner took to Instagram on Thursday to show off her new Christmas tree — and it’s a monster! In the video she shared, the “13 Going on 30” star is standing in front of her still-to-be-decorated Christmas tree. “So I told my kids we could go bigger because we’re in a rental house andIn the video she shared, the "13 Going on 30" star is standing in front of her still-to-be-decorated Christmas tree.
Calls have since emerged for the party's executive director, who says he approved the use of the funds, to resign.
Rempel Garner said one of the big questions for the party going forward will also be how it can ensure donors feel confident in how their contributions are being used, noting that "as public servants, we always have to be very careful about perception in using funds for personal expenses."
And while she said it will be important to look at how the Fund is managed, she also wants to maintain the focus on proving to Canadians that the party is stable and able to hold the government to account.
“I also want to be able to show Canadians that we’ve got it together in the House and we’ve got a leadership team in place that I think is going to be capable of caretaking that while that (leadership contest) occurs," she said.
So will she run?
"I think it’s too early to speculate. As a woman in politics, I think the inclination is always to sort of shrink back," she said.
"There's a lot of women who self de-select in situations like this so I won’t do that but I’m also not going to start speculating when we’re so fresh out of the gates.”
Race to replace Scheer as federal Conservative leader could be crowded .
OTTAWA — Moments after Andrew Scheer announced Thursday his intention to resign as Conservative party leader, speculation turned to who will replace him. Two of his prominent rivals in the 2017 leadership contest, Maxime Bernier and Kevin O'Leary, quickly ruled themselves out. As did Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, all leaders of conservative provincial parties. But there are plentyTwo of his prominent rivals in the 2017 leadership contest, Maxime Bernier and Kevin O'Leary, quickly ruled themselves out. As did Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, all leaders of conservative provincial parties.