For most Quebecers, the treatment afforded by provincial governments to their francophone minorities amount to a litmus test of Canada’s commitment to the concept of linguistic duality.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer can stick with his Ontario ally and try to take cover under the rationale that it is not his place to question provincial choices. The Hill Times file photograph by Andrew Meade
Make no mistake. By putting Ontario’s francophone minority on his fiscal hit list this week, Premier Doug Ford has placed his federal ally Andrew Scheer in harm’s way.
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'The government has heard Canadians’ concerns that the world is increasingly uncertain, and that the economy is changing,' the Throne Speech read. 'And in this context, regional needs and differences really matter.'
But a Conservative source is decrying public criticism of Andrew Scheer's leadership, saying it will only create the kind of schisms that will set the party back and that former leader Stephen Harper worked to avoid.