New Canadian opposition leader faces fight to defeat Trudeau

New Canadian opposition leader faces fight to defeat Trudeau

On Saturday, he nabbed another place in the history books, becoming only the second leader ever of the federal Conservatives in a nailbiter win over Quebec MP Maxime Bernier.

On the 13th and final round of balloting, many more than political observers predicted, former House of Commons speaker Andrew Scheer edged out ex-foreign minister and favorite Maxime Bernier by 51 percent to 49 percent.

But where Trump's influence surfaced on Saturday was among party members who said his campaign was the reason they'd signed up to vote in the Conservative race.

"The Conservative Party must be a party for all of its members", Scheer told reporters after his victory. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his new foe in the House of Commons, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, spoke by phone today. While Bernier's opposition to supply management cost him support in his home province, he likely would have fared better in Quebec in a general election than Scheer.

Scheer's campaign slogan was "Scheer excitement", and there was no doubt in the aftermath of his win supporters were vibrating with just that.

"Miller has said all along his number one priority was that the new leader have the ability to beat Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the next federal election expected in 2019, and he believes Scheer can do that".

Scheer, who like the 45-year-old Trudeau smiles a lot and has a young family, must now prepare for an election in October 2019.

Some inside the party anxious that a Bernier win would lead to a showdown at the 2018 Halifax policy convention when he planned to press the membership to adopt his controversial agenda.

Scheer, a Saskatchewan MP, is a Western leader, Fildebrandt said.

Few of the contestants in the crowded race were household names, except for businessman and reality TV star Kevin O'Leary, who unexpectedly dropped out of the contest in April.

For one, Mr. Scheer recommends the National Capital Commission - which manages the government-owned property - have it kid-proofed for his expanded brood. Yet he captured just half the points of his nearest rival, Scheer, and little more than a third of the frontrunner, Bernier.

"I studied the websites and none of the biographies actually gave any details about the leadership details they had".

"Imagine what we will do when we are all working together".

"As Conservative Party leader, I'm going to keep that list with me".

But that the notoriously tough-on-crime Harper would allow his campaign to be linked with the Fords, given Rob's drug-using past, was seen by many at the time as an ill-conceived and last-ditch attempt to save Toronto seats. "He won because of the social conservative wing of the party so he will be under pressure to reopen those debates", Rodriguez told CTV News.

Party official say 132,000 ballots were mailed in by Friday; with party membership at 259,000.

Bernier did a good job of speaking for people who felt Harper was "insufficiently conservative", Marshall added, "while Andrew led the path amongst people who think broadly that the last government was a very good government".



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