It might make perfect political sense for Andrew Scheer to skip the climate change parades; let the Liberals, Greens, and NDP split up that part of the voting pie which wants to pay higher carbon taxes, the Conservatives can have the 46 per cent of the pie, which don’t, all to themselves.
Climate change protesters, pictured Sept. 27, 2019, on Parliament Hill. It's estimated that 5,000 people took to the Hill for the protest. 'A recent Ipsos poll indicated that 46 per cent of Canadians do not want to spend any additional money in the form of taxes or higher costs of goods to combat climate change. Isn’t this evidence that many Canadians will put their economic welfare ahead of melting glaciers,' writes Gerry Nicholls.
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OAKVILLE, ONT.—One fun thing about elections is how they suddenly turn journalists and columnists into masters of political strategy.
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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.