Whether Andrew Scheer is upbraiding Justin Trudeau for not being tough enough with Donald Trump, or denouncing the Liberal approach to China as 'naive,' Scheer condemns, often without offering a thoughtful alternative. It sounds as if he is opposing for the sake of opposition, and, worse, not with an eye to Canada’s larger interests.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is never less impressive than when he is criticizing the Trudeau government’s approach to international relations, writes Susan Riley. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
CHELSEA, QUE.—Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is never less impressive than when he is criticizing the Trudeau government’s approach to international relations.
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