An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
THE KAMLOOPS SUNSHINE smiled on Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives yesterday. Three hundred and fifty people exchanged donations for burgers and hotdogs and applauded as Scheer trashed Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.
The venue was convenient — the sun tents were still up at the bandshell in Riverside Park after Canada Day, the Rube Band was in fine form on stage and everybody was in a good mood.
Scheer’s speech got underway 20 minutes late but nobody seemed to mind. On television he comes across as awkward but in this kind of informal setting he connected with his audience. The Conservative leader scrummed with the local media afterward and even paused for a few selfies with the party faithful
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.