EDITORIAL – If Justin Trudeau goes, who’s going to run the country?

Andrew Scheer. (Image: Facebook)

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 opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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6 Comments on EDITORIAL – If Justin Trudeau goes, who’s going to run the country?

  1. Trudeau did not create Lavalin. It has been a criminally motivated dependent for decades, and its disclosure and
    Defrocking were overdue. The AG was clearly not educated about historical facts, but she did the right thing, and
    Her intent should have been made clear in her application for the AGjob. The jobs of A G and Minister of
    justice must separated, as AG is civil service, Justice is political.

  2. Beverley Campbell // March 8, 2019 at 5:52 PM // Reply

    The only thoughtful comment here belongs to Gsduncan, The very thought of people being willing, nay eager, to continue with Trudeau is mind-boggling, elected for his name recognition only and absolutely never will be ready………a border collie in a suit could beat him at the next election.

  3. R A George // March 8, 2019 at 5:47 PM // Reply

    I agree with you on your Andrew Scheer comments. I disagree with Pierre. I don,t know but he may be from Quebec.I believe Jody Wilson. The rest of them are liars.Justin is a 3 dollar bill. And we blabber on how bad American politics are. Where’s old Stanfield when we need him or Tommy Douglas or somebody with a hell of a lot more character than the present bunch.

  4. Ken McClelland // March 7, 2019 at 6:27 PM // Reply

    Space will not permit even a partial listing of this government’s incompetence. Trudeau is unqualified, and should resign in disgrace. SNC-Lavalin is just the latest in a 3+ year demonstration of unsuitability for the job. He just wasn’t ready….

  5. Let’s count our blessings and let’s be acutely aware the plight of the country can easily take a turn for the worse. Let’s not wish a private sector contract bribery in Libya was indeed just a relatively common business practice and not much else.

  6. The faintest hint that we should leave JT in the PMO becs Scheer “doesn’t inspire” is mind-boggling. Trudeau wasn’t ready, still isn’t ready, and won’t be ready in the lifetime of the Armchair Mayor….’s grandchildren.

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