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Conservatives eye 2019 election win under Scheer leadership, Raitt says they’re already in ‘100 per cent’ campaign mode

By Christopher Guly      

The Tories are presenting Andrew Scheer as the affable everyman to connect with Canadians. And his greatest weapon? His irresistible charm, they say.

Andrew Scheer, pictured May 27, 2017, in Toronto, after winning the Conservative Party's leadership. 'It’s going to take any new leader a year or more to teach Canadians their name, their face, and who they are,' said Chad Rogers. 'Andrew Scheer is at the bottom of a long uphill walk, so he is going to have to run to every opportunity to get to Canadians through any form of media or through direct travel to introduce himself.' The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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Now that he has his senior official opposition team in place for the House, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s next and more formidable task will be getting his party election-ready for 2019. “There is a lot to do in that timeframe,” said Conservative Saskatchewan Senator Denise Batters, who has been friends with Mr. Scheer (Regina-Qu’Appelle, Sask.) since he and her late husband, Dave Batters, won NDP-held seats for the Conservatives in the 2004 federal election. Mr. Scheer had to

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