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 08:37:55 -0400
Ezra, I really love the way you explain reality as it is.
I wish I could sponsor your channel and I can’t believe there are no WEALTHY CONSERVATIVES out there who will do so. I pray you find a few because CANADA needs your voice now more than ever!!
commented 2018-08-24 08:35:43 -0400
“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.”

I wouldn’t be so sure about that… The media party may be compelled to reassess their glee.
I think this spit was inevitable and is good for conservatism in Canada as a whole. Andrew Scheer lacks the backbone to defend conservative principles in this country and needed to be told this in no uncertain terms.
commented 2018-08-24 08:27:14 -0400
Jamie MacMaster – if you see no difference between Sheer and Trudeau then why are you following politics? I see a vast improvement between Trudeau and a light fixture. I will 100% support the light fixture.
commented 2018-08-24 08:24:15 -0400
I and my rural association will be voting for Mad Max.

Scheer is too much like Soy Boy Trudeau for my taste.
commented 2018-08-24 08:23:48 -0400
What a great day!!!
commented 2018-08-24 08:06:43 -0400
Sure, the Conservative party under the direction of scheer-the-Liberal-steer is a Liberal-lite party, but still better than having our current fool in as PM. They are the only party that can beat the Liberals.

So, because the CPC is not as Conservative as most Conservatives would like to it be many will Conservatives will pout at the polling station not vote for the only party capable ousting the Liberals.

And now that Maxime has left and will likely take a significant portion of the Conservative base with him, we now have no chance whatsoever of voting out Trudeau.

Great! Another 4 years of dipship politics with a fool as PM.

I hope you pouting Conservatives are happy.
commented 2018-08-24 07:51:42 -0400
Gee, I dunno, Ezra.

Did you really think that scheer-the-Liberal-steer had a chance of winning? The CPC is a disgrace on every front. Under scheer-the-Liberal-steer it has sided with turdo la doo on everything from supply management to the ridiculous Paris climate accord.

Face it, the only difference you could expect for Canada under a government led by scheer-the-Liberal-steer as opposed to turdo la doo, is that it might take a wee bit longer for our country to hit shithole status.