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Instead of worrying about Scheer’s performance, Conservatives should be concerned about Bernier as a ‘disrupter’ in next election, says pollster Nanos

By Abbas Rana      

Pollster Nik Nanos describes Conservatives who are second guessing Andrew Scheer's performance 10 months before an election as ‘Nervous Nellies.' Jean Chrétien coined the term back in 1993 when Liberals were nervous about losing the federal election, but ended up reducing the Progressive Conservatives to two seats.

Political insiders say it's too early to make any judgment about Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's performance as the opposition leader, but pollster Nik Nanos says People's Party MP Maxime Bernier could be a nuisance to Mr. Scheer and his Conservatives in the next election. Mr. Scheer is pictured watching the results roll in with then-Conservative leadership candidate Mr. Bernier at the party's leadership convention in Toronto on May 27, 2017. The Hill Times file photograph

Even if Maxime Bernier and his newly launched People’s Party don’t make any significant electoral gains in the House in 2019, they’ll still be “disrupters and a nuisance” for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, whose party could lose some seats, especially in closely contested ridings if the vote is divided on the right, says leading pollster Nik Nanos.

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