August 24, 2018

“Civil war”: Bernier and Scheer just cost the Conservatives a majority in 2019

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

I was flying to Halifax, to cover the Conservative Party convention, when Maxime Bernier announced his resignation from the party, and his plan to start a new one.

He outlined disagreements he had with Andrew Scheer, including Scheer’s support for supply management — a form of subsidy for Quebec’s dairy industry.

But frankly, none of Bernier’s stated grievances seemed impossible to resolve.

Bernier was already steering the party towards his views on immigration and multiculturalism. And the party convention this weekend was scheduled to reconsider the dairy issue, too,

Did Bernier really have to quit — and devastate the Conservatives' election chances, by announcing his plans to start a rival party?

And isn’t handling troublesome MPs just part of the job for Andrew Scheer, and any party leader?

But what shocked me the most today was when Bernier said that Scheer hadn’t even talked to him in nine days.

Bernier has been signalling his discontent for weeks; he has been making provocative policy statements; he got into public quarrels with other Conservative MPs.

And Scheer just watched passively — not even a phone call, let alone a face-to-face meeting?

On my TV show last night, I gave Scheer my unsolicited advice on how to handle Bernier. It’s too late now.

The party is in disarray. I sense that Scheer and his staff might be celebrating though — Bernier is no longer an internal rival to Scheer. That’s true — but Scheer now leads a smaller party, that’s demoralized and divided internally.

And if Bernier really does start his new party, it will probably split the vote enough to guarantee Justin Trudeau’s reelection.

Stephen Harper united the right. Andrew Scheer and Maxime Bernier just divided it.

It’s a disaster for every Canadian conservative who was counting on them to work things out like grown-ups, and win the election.

I just landed in Halifax to report on the convention — even though Scheer has banned The Rebel. We’re going to cover this disaster fairly and honestly — unlike the CBC, who Scheer invited into the convention itself.

The Media Party can’t contain their glee — they believe that not only did Scheer just lose the next election, but all of the ideas that Bernier was proposing have lost, too.

It sure seems that way right now — the party has just snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

There are admirable qualities about both Andrew Scheer and Maxime Bernier. But the fact that they are still quarrelling 15 months after the leadership contest is something they both should be embarrassed about. And the fact that they both just gave the next election to Justin Trudeau is inexcusable.

I know one thing: our role at the Rebel — the only truly conservative media outlet in Canada — just got more important than ever.

I promise you that we will continue to hold Justin Trudeau to account, and promote true conservative ideas, no matter what Ottawa politicians say or do.

In fact, I think we’re in a bigger, tougher fight than ever, thanks to today’s disaster.

And I hope you’ll help us continue to bring you the facts. VISIT to see how you can help bring Canadians the other side of the story here at the Conservative Party convention.

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commented 2018-08-24 13:40:58 -0400
In fact, ‘Flatwater’, you entire message that I referenced in my last comment concerning Scheer is absolutely astute. Totally bang on. Please keep repeating it (minus the first sentence, for which I thank you).
commented 2018-08-24 13:37:22 -0400
Harper should mind his own fucking business because he chose to walk away from politics when he was defeated. I read an article about him in McLean’s saying he promised his wife he wasn’t going to grandstand or stage come back or anything like that. As far as Doug Ford goes he has to say get behind scheer because he is a member of the CPC and the leader of a province. He can’t very well say I support the split because Andy is useless. Somebody else said Harper has the charisma have a wet rag and that’s true but it’s also true that if he doesn’t want to get his hands dirty he should stay the hell away from the job.!!!
commented 2018-08-24 13:37:07 -0400
Re posted from ‘Battleground’.
Bernier, with some like minded friends, needs to start a new political party and he needs to do this ‘Post Haste’.

Running on the the agenda of; ‘LEAVE THE UN AND RID CANADA OF ALL MUSLIMS’. Nothing else, what you see is what you get.

Yes, of course he would manage Canada just as any Conservative would but he needs to ride the crest of the wave on something that all normal Canadians want.

This would attract people of all political stripes and he would also have the vote of ‘us’ Rebels.

I am sure the Rebel would help with Crowd Funding and publicity etc.
commented 2018-08-24 13:35:59 -0400
“He knows how to dictate but he doesn’t know how to lead…”

‘Flatwater’, perfect analysis of Scheer. That’s what I was missing for some time. You’re bang on.

commented 2018-08-24 13:31:25 -0400
Doug Ford needs to realize that keeping Scheer on as leader is only going to solidify the split that he has precipitated in the CPC, which is going to lead to a new Trudeau majority government, which is what leftist trolls ‘Sonny’ and ‘Andrew’ want. I supported Scheer until I realized that. A CPC government is more important than any one person. CANADA IS AT STAKE! Scheer has to be replaced by a NEW CPC LEADER WHO WILL UNIFY THE PARTY!

commented 2018-08-24 13:31:11 -0400
I agree 100% with your statement ted..!!!
Ultimately that would be the best course to follow. Sheer has pushed the electorate away from him and divided the party.. he knows how to dictate but he doesn’t know how to lead… When you have a leader the people are enthusiastic to get behind him… When you have a dictator they’re whipped to do as they’re told..
For the good of the party Scheer should resign.!!
commented 2018-08-24 13:26:20 -0400
The election in 2019 will be very interesting indeed…
commented 2018-08-24 13:25:52 -0400
Liza, I am with you. Harper has blown his last bit of credibility with me. He not only has supported mass immigration for years, he also appointed the most liberal SCOC in our history, and now is failing to see that a new leader is needed for the CPC to win the next federal election. We need a do-over of Ontario federally. We need a NEW LEADER who will unite the CPC and win at the polls. Scheer has failed to unite the party and must either resign or be replaced, and the sooner the better for the CPC and for Canada.

commented 2018-08-24 13:19:51 -0400
Greg, if Scheer and Bernier both run party slates in the next election, they will split the vote and hand the victory to Traitor Tot, and neither Scheer nor Bernier will have enough seats to form a majority together, as if that would even happen anyway, with their diametrically opposite approaches to policy.

No, if Traitor Tot is going to be defeated, there must be ONE AND ONLY ONE CONSERVATIVE PARTY running in the next federal election. IT MUST BE SOLVED NOW! Falied leader Scheer MUST RESIGN OR BE REPLACED ASAP if CANADA IS TO BE SAVED!
commented 2018-08-24 13:17:15 -0400
last part of my previous comment was to do with the troll’s comment not anything Greig said.
commented 2018-08-24 13:14:47 -0400
That crossed my mind Greig. I don’t even know if that is possible.

Listen to Harper? I’m done listening to anyone who supports mass immigration. Done done done.
commented 2018-08-24 13:13:04 -0400
Phillip, ‘Sonny’ knows his message is invalid, but that is irrelevant to him. He is repeating, with help from ‘Andrew’, his old tactic of repeating his CPC sabotage mantra, hoping it will bury the message the left doesn’t want getting out on this site, and driving viewers away. Keep putting out the truth and bury his BS instead.

commented 2018-08-24 13:10:20 -0400
So, next election Scheer captures all his CPC supporters and Bernier gets all his camp going and they form a coalition after wards to form a majority government. Probably wishful thinking but hey………………..???
commented 2018-08-24 13:04:18 -0400
‘Andrew’ is also in ’Sonny’s camp, giving leftist advice to sabotage the CPC.

The next CPC leader may or may not be Bernier. It may be someone else who can unite the CPC, with Bernier included. But whoever it is, it must be someone who will unite the party, which Scheer has failed to do in spectacular fashion. That is why he has to resign or be replaced ASAP.

We need a federal replay of Ontario. We need an inadequate conservative leader replaced in time for the next election, if we are going to win that election. The time to act is NOW!

commented 2018-08-24 13:03:02 -0400
Ted Tadright.
You are 100% CORRECT!!
Canada is done and so are what is left of we ‘canadians’.
We simply WILL NOT SURVIVE another 5 years so either we all start packing and hiding our money off shore or we continue shopping until the slaughter begins!
commented 2018-08-24 12:55:44 -0400
Sonny, you have always thought Harper was a complete loser. All leftist brain dead trolls like you do. So why now are you invoking his opinion to support your dumb argument. The fact is that Scheer has no chance to win and he needs to be replaced. Harper or no Harper.
commented 2018-08-24 12:55:01 -0400
’Sonny’s objective is another Liberal government. That’s why he wants Scheer as CPC leader. He is spouting the line he has received from his leftist bosses. Don’t buy it, it’s lefist poison.

There is now no “united behind our leader” with Scheer having blown CPC party unity. He either resigns or a new leadership contest must be held to replace him, for CPC’s and Canada’s sake.

commented 2018-08-24 12:50:34 -0400
liza Rosie commented 2 hours ago
" there are only so many conservatives to go around, significantly fewer than there are lefties. "

Thanks to Justin sock boy many liberals have jumped either over to Scheer or slunk down to the even more extremist ndp. The liberal vote is the one that is split to lose. It is entirely possible with the platform Bernier is presenting that a majority of Canadians including legal immigrants who respect this country and want it to remain strong, free and safe will stand behind Bernier. But as I have said, we have to see what his next move is. "

Some Liberals have, though the spread seems to be in the mid-single digits, Trudeau dropping from 40% in the election to about 35% now, and Scheer gaining about half that. The Greens seem to have gained the rest, since the NDP are still very weak. Crucially, those leftie voters are still leftie voters, albeit lefties who are OK with a centrist CPC.

Bernier’s platform is very single-issue. Blustering about immigration might win him some votes, but he’s a libertarian which makes both Big L Liberals and Big C conservatives nervous. On that single issue, yes, he does well – almost half of Canadians are concerned. But, is that going to cause Liberals to also vote in favour of very right wing economic policies, or for the SoCons to vote for someone who is a complete social liberal, or the economic nativists to vote for a vehement free-trader?

In essence, can he lure enough voters from the Left to make up for the fact they’re slicing up an already small right wing pie? Pretty long shot there, given how divisive the rest of his platform is. I mean, one only has to look to Alberta to see the dangers of splitting the Right, and that’s in a province where the Right is considerably stronger than that of Canada as a whole.
commented 2018-08-24 12:49:55 -0400
Agreed Ted, but my guess is that the party will wait for a bit for the dust to settle first.
commented 2018-08-24 12:45:42 -0400
Stephen Hicken commented
CBC printed a transcript of the the woman asking Trudeau about the $147 million. The transcript was totally fake they cut out the 3 times Trudeau called her a racist ,and grandma, and intolerant and she does not deserve to live in this province. THis is the CBC in full protection mode. /This is how low the news has sunk to in this country. "

Anyone shocked by this? CBC keeps proving it is biased.
commented 2018-08-24 12:40:48 -0400
‘Sonny Crocket’ is a leftist troll who want to keep conservatives divided so Trudeau will win another term or two as PM.

Scheer has failed the first job of a leader, i.e. to maintain party unity. He must therefore resign or be replaced asap.

commented 2018-08-24 12:33:42 -0400
Whatever else may be said about Scheer, he failed to maintain party unity, and is therefore an unfit leader for the CPC. This has led to the 1990’s scenario all over again, in which the only beneficiaries are the Liberals. He therefore must resign. He isn’t fit to lead the party for that one reason alone. Party unity is the first job of a leader, and Scheer has blown it. If he is not replaced as leader asap, Trudeau wins another disastrous term and Canada loses big time. This cannot be allowed to happen, for Canada’s sake.

commented 2018-08-24 12:22:23 -0400
Ted, you are right. They all need to swallow their pride and choose a new leader. Scheer would not beat Trudeau anyway. Too many Conservatives cringe when they see him.
commented 2018-08-24 12:17:26 -0400
The CPC must hold a new leadership contest. That is the only way out of this catastrophe. As Ezra and others have pointed out, Scheer could and should have given Bernier a top role in the party and thereby solidified it, but instead he did the opposite, thereby blowing party unity, leading to this crisis. If unity is not restored, Trudeau wins another term in office, which will be a disaster for Canada. Scheer, having blown party unity, should immediately resign. But whether he does or not, CPC convention, listen up: NEW LEADERSHIP CONTEST ASAP! It’s the only way out of this mess. DO IT NOW!
commented 2018-08-24 12:13:30 -0400
Scheer, in all likelihood is a member of the same club as Trudeau, May and other leaders in the EU. A false flag Conservative who in truth fly’s the flag of the New World Order Marxist Club. If elected he will drag us all down the same path that Trudeau now treads and we ‘The People’ will in all probability cease to exist.
commented 2018-08-24 12:07:07 -0400
“What has Scheer said about it?”

" Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, however, called the statue’s impending removal an example of “political correctness” being used to “erase history.”
“We can look to the past, acknowledge and learn from mistakes, and celebrate achievements at the same time,” Scheer said on Twitter."

Just words to the media, no action though, nothing found in a search.
commented 2018-08-24 12:00:02 -0400
“It doesn’t matter whether it is a minority or majority as the socialist and green socialists will prop him up.”

Based on his track record so far Sheer will prop up Trudeau as well in a minority government.

“The greenies couldn’t be more ticked at Justin.”

That is very true, even Suzuki is royally annoyed with the dauphin.
commented 2018-08-24 11:48:39 -0400
The greenies couldn’t be more ticked at Justin.