Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer wasn’t socially progressive enough for his party to win—or so many of his opponents within the party said, as they pushed him out of his leadership post. Mr. Scheer’s victory in the 2017 party leadership contest was a modest surprise; he trailed Maxime Bernier on every ballot but the last, when he eked out a victory on the 13th ballot. To say he took the party in a direction that was unexpected, or not desired by the party rank and file, however, would be unfair. Social conservatives Brad Trost and Pierre Lemieux received significant support during that leadership contest. Steven Blaney and Kellie Leitch, who ran leadership campaigns around nationalist, identity-based, and some world argue xenophobic platforms, also garnered enough support to survive through numerous ballots. Maxime Bernier, who has veered to the far right of the political spectrum since losing the race, said during the leadership contest that he would allow debate over abortion in Parliament, and that his own vote on the matter, should it come to that, would amount to a personal choice—not far from what Mr. Scheer said during his time as the party leader. Michael Chong, who supported a carbon tax and same-sex marriage, but also said he would allow backbenchers freedom on matters of conscience such as abortion, finished fifth, behind Mr. Trost. Other more socially progressive Conservatives, such as Lisa Raitt, Chris Alexander, and Rick Peterson, finished further back. To the extent that the outcome of a leadership race represents the views of a party, it would be hard to argue that Mr. Scheer, and the positions he took during his time as leader, weren’t in sync with the party membership. That was a little less than three years ago. Has the Conservative Party, and the views of the majority of its members, changed? The contest to replace Mr. Scheer, and the election that eventually follows, will answer that question. It could be that times have changed, and a more progressive leader is the only way for the Conservative Party to win power again. It could be that the Tories simply need a leader who does a better job of connecting with voters, and has a more compelling vision—progressive or otherwise—for the country. Whoever it is, the next leader of the Conservative Party must have more to offer than criticism of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, however deserved it may be. The calls for a new direction, and a fresh face in leadership, will create an opportunity to show Canadians what conservative ideas could do for the country in 2020 and beyond. Electing a leader without a vision that extends beyond the plush surroundings of the Prime Minister’s Office will harm the Conservative Party brand even further, and do a disservice to the many Canadians who consider voting Conservative every election.