An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
ONE OF THE THINGS that bothers me about the country’s current troubles is the prospect of Andrew Scheer as prime minister.
There’s scant evidence that he has the right stuff. They used to say Justin Trudeau “wasn’t ready” despite his good hair. Recent events may or may not be bearing that out.
Scheer has neither good hair or charisma and doesn’t exactly inspire.
He’s been called “Harper lite” with a smile and dimples. Question is, does he have the political smarts and leadership of a Stephen Harper?
Other than his record as a pro-lifer, his stance on carbon pricing, his insistence that we must somehow pave the way for more pipelines, and his plan to appoint a firearms ombudsman, what do we know about his plans for this country?
He thinks Trudeau should quit and let him give it a try. That’s his ambition, and it may become the voters’ choice. I don’t see Jagmeet Singh, Elizabeth May or Maxime Bernier becoming prime minister any time soon.
Speaking of Bernier and his People’s Party of Canada, how does the prospect of a coalition between the Conservatives and Bernier’s upstart party grab you?
The PPC won 11 percent of the votes in the recent B.C. by-election, and previous polls showed it would take more votes from the Conservatives than the Liberals or Greens in a general election.
What would be in store for the environment, gun control, immigration? And when it comes to deficits, let us remember the Conservatives ran deficits in most of the years they governed.
Is all of the above fear-mongering? No, and it certainly doesn’t mean current troubles should be ignored — it’s just one person fretting about the state of the nation.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.