It wasn’t religion that sank Andrew Scheer in this election

It wasn’t religion that sank Andrew Scheer in this election

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director

One of the hardest things to do is stick your neck out in pursuit of public service and high office, thereby opening up your views, life, decisions, mistakes and vulnerabilities to public scrutiny. By contrast, one of the easiest things to do is pick apart those mistakes and vulnerabilities, post facto. It feels churlish, but this is what columnists do.

Thus, we turn to the mistakes and vulnerabilities of Andrew Scheer and his Conservative Party, and whether the leader or the organization can survive. It is landscape well-trod to point out that this campaign was the CPC’s to lose. Despite the gifts from the political gods, despite an opponent in Justin Trudeau who was off his game, the Conservatives could not convert their advantages to victory.

Many of the immediate “what-went-wrong” hot takes have centred on Scheer’s personal beliefs. In two separate interviews with Global News and the Canadian Press this week, he makes the case that his religiosity is not a barrier to becoming prime minister.

For the rest of this piece, please view it on the Ottawa Citizen’s site where it was initially published.

 


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