Dec. 12, 2019

Conservative leader Andrew Sheer resigns, that's good

Here is what I said on December 2, 2019. 

I was on the National Roy Green Radio show today where we discussed the present condition of the leadership of the Federal Conservative Party. This is a burning issue now as a result of the recent election where, notwithstanding the many golden opportunities the Liberal Party presented to an opposition party, the Conservatives led by Andrew Sheer were unable to capitalize to the degree necessary to topple the Liberals from power. The Liberals were reduced to a minority position but still had the most seats and remain in power.

The NDP, Canada’s Socialist party, are likely partners in keeping the Liberals in power at least for the next year or so. Canadians are not used to the many minority situations characteristic of European nations and prefer the more stable majority variety.

Many of us of a right wing bent are very frustrated with the nature of the recent Conservative campaign, both in policy and leadership. Hence, many key people in the Conservative Party, especially in central Canada, are calling for Sheer to resign . . . now!

My initial reaction, even though my frustration is almost unbearable like many others, was to wait the few months to the scheduled national Convention of the party in April when a leadership "review" must be held. Additionally, a review of the what went wrong is under way by a former Minister in the last Conservative Government, John Baird.

However, Sheer has just in the last days appointed as his deputy, an MP who is new to the party, having been elected as a Liberal in a previous election, although re-elected as a Conservative in the most recent one. But this seems like rather poor judgment given the many loyal qualified Conservatives available. Given his tenuous hold on power one would have thought that this was not the time to be risky with appointments. Additionally, his recent statements to hold on, much like his election performance and policy decisions, were unconvincing.

On balance then, it would seem that Sheer continues to disappoint. He would be well advised to announce now his intention to resign at the April convention facilitating a leadership campaign over the next few months that could assist in rehabilitating a disappointed conservative movement.