Andrew Scheer let it be known on Friday he’s not happy with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
That much was made explicitly clear, as the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada took to the podium at the official opposition’s convention in Halifax, saying Trudeau doesn’t understands the problems many in the middle class are faced with.
“He has no concept about how to stretch a dollar, how to make it to the next payday, how to stick to a monthly budget,” noted the Member of Parliament for Regina-Qu’Appelle. “I’m not even sure he’s seen a monthly budget.”
- Andrew Scheer speaks about the judicial system, budgets during Fort Qu’Appelle Town Hall Tuesday night
Scheer, who narrowly won the party’s leadership vote last year, also touched on the growing Conservative movement across the country.
“I want to say thank you to the dozens of Conservative leaders from all over the country,” said Scheer. “All elected officials who are here back with us this weekend. We certainly are one big, strong, united, national Conservative party.”
His opponent in that leadership race, Maxime Bernier, left the party in a very dramatic and public fashion recently. While Scheer didn’t call out Bernier by name, he appeared to make a thinly veiled shot at him, while simultaneously praising Progressive Conservative leader Peter MacKay.
“We all know that Peter is someone who set his personal interests aside for the good of our party, who decided to build up and not to tear down,” noted Scheer. “And our party is a living testament to his hard work!”
Scheer also touched on the controversy surrounding John A. MacDonald, the country’s first Prime Minister. In recent times, the statue in Regina’s Victoria Park has been vandalized and the city council in Victoria, British Columbia recently voted to temporarily take down a statue of MacDonald.
- Premier Wall goes to social media to defend former Prime Minister John A. MacDonald
- John A. MacDonald statue in Victoria Park vandalized
- Regina John A MacDonald statue vandalized once again
- Local man takes responsibility for vandalizing John A. MacDonald statue
“I think it’s a disgrace that some would allow extreme voices in this country to erase our proud heritage,” he said. “But it’s not just our heritage as Conservatives, it’s our heritage as Canadians. Because – if we allow this to continue, if we’re suddenly going to sanitize our history – with the benefit of hindsight and knowing what we know today, then what if those extreme voices kept going?”
Scheer said we can “absolutely” look to the past and learn from the mistakes made, while still celebrating the contributions which made Canada “so great” along the way.