Saskatchewan’s conservative leadership candidate says it’s a bit less cluttered in the race for leader of the CPC now.
On Wednesday, reality-TV star Kevin O’Leary, who joined the party’s leadership race three months ago, dropped out.
Andrew Scheer, who lives in Regina, says he has been a tough contender in this race and he intends to stay focussed.
He say O’Leary’s abrupt departure raised a few eyebrows.
“Well, in a lot of ways, it’s a fitting end to a bizarre candidacy,” said Scheer. “He got in in a weird way, avoiding debate, waiting until the last minute and not really participating in any party events.”
Scheer says Scheer says there are still 13 candidates in the running for the leadership contest – a winner will be decided on May 27th. But he says his campaign focuses on reality, and not fast-talking.
“The vast majority of conservative party members are looking for something else,” said Scheer after learning of O’Leary’s departure. “They’re looking for someone who has an intellectual approach to conservative policy, who has a deep commitment to the party and are looking for a positive messenger.”
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On Wednesday, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall told 620 CKRM News Andrew Scheer would be a ‘good fit’ for Saskatchewan if he was elected as the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
Scheer says he believes his values are similar to the Premier’s.
“I think our values align,” said Scheer. “I certainly have been advocating for things which are important for Saskatchewan.”
Scheer says he has been fighting against the carbon tax as well as rallying for a fair equalization deal for the province.