Andrew Scheer launched his campaign for the federal Conservative Party’s leadership, backed by 20 MPs and senators who support his bid.
Scheer, who served as House Speaker for the four years prior to the last election, framed his campaign as one that’s positive and one that focuses on conservative values like low taxes, respect for families and economic growth.
The 36-year-old MP for Regina-Qu’Appelle said the race means he’ll spend a lot of time away from his wife and five children, but said the sacrifice is worth it so the Conservatives can defeat the Liberals in 2019.
Scheer outlined his vision for the Conservative Party, suggesting he’d keep the faith of long-time supporters while adopting a fresh approach.
“Conservatives do not win when we abandon our principles. We do not need to change who we are. We’re the party of prosperity, not envy. The party of hope for the middle-class, not sweetheart deals for insiders and the elite. A party with a clear and distinct vision for our country, not a pale imitation of the Liberals,” he said.
While outlining his bid, Scheer faced repeated questions about his own values, including whether he would like to see restrictions placed on abortion and gay marriage, two measures he’d voted in favour for in the past. Scheer said caucus and party unity are his priorities, and it’s important that every kind of conservative feels comfortable in the party.
Source: CTV News