Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is expected to name his shadow cabinet today giving top leadership rivals key roles.
Erin O’Toole, who finished third in the leadership race, will take on the foreign affairs critic role, while Quebec MP Gerard Deltell will shadow the Treasury Board and British Columbia MP Dan Albas will cover small business.
Quebec MP and second place finisher in the leadership race, Maxime Bernier publicly campaigned for the role of finance critic, telling the Globe and Mail in July, “I hope that I can be the finance critic. That will be an interesting role for me and an important role. I’m ready to take that challenge.”
But a source told The Post Millennial that he will likely be placed minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) instead. This is the second largest government portfolio and places Maxime in the position to challenge Liberal government’s financial bailout of Bombardier.
Other appointments include Alberta MPs Shannon Stubbs, who will cover Natural Resources, and Rachel Harder, who takes on Status of Women. Ontario MP Alex Nuttall will handle Youth, Sport and Disability, and Quebec MP Luc Berthold will be agriculture critic.
The remaining critic roles — including Finance, Immigration, and Health — will be introduced Wednesday afternoon by news release.
The team will join Scheer’s current team, including Lisa Raitt, who was named deputy leader last month, and Candice Bergen, who is keeping her role as House leader.
As Scheer places more powerful members of the base into the inner circles of the party one thing is obvious. The party is aiming to keep the base united and excited but not necessarily trying to expand into new voters, and new data shows it. For example, a report released by the CBC showed that
Andrew Scheer’s honeymoon as the leader of the Conservative Party is the worst any new party leader has experienced in 14 years, as the Conservatives are only marginally more popular today than they were when Scheer won the party’s top job three months ago.
While this is true, it occurs at a time where the Conservative base has become extremely vocal, and active. Increasing donations and filling up volunteer lists across provinces. This likely due to Canada’s history of keeping leaders for multiple terms. The Conservative party understands this and is aiming to fill its coffers and maintain its base for a win not in 2019, but rather in the election following. Relying on Justin’s mistakes to either create room for a larger Conservative tent or for enough NDP voters to become disenfranchised and return to their old voting habits.
The Conservative party understands that Trudeau could win again and is aiming to fill its coffers and maintain its base for a win not in 2019, but rather in the election following. Relying on Justin’s mistakes to either create room for a larger Conservative tent or for enough NDP voters to become disenfranchised and return to their old voting habits.