The party also plans to adopt Bernier’s platform whether or not he joins them, Moen said.
Andrew Scheer defeated Maxime Bernier by 62,593 to 55,544 votes, according to figures provided by a spokesperson of the Conservative Party.
“Andrew is a parliamentarian through and through”, she said.
Scheer, 38, has been MP for the Saskatchewan riding of Regina-Qu’Appelle since 2004.
“I’m here to tell you there is renewed hope for Canada, starting today”, Scheer said.
And he put Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government on notice that the Conservatives will be putting up a fierce fight in the runup to the 2019 election.
These ridings are mostly represented by Liberal MPs, so while social conservatives are a force among conservative members in these ridings, they don’t appear to have the same sway with the general electorate.
Strahl pointed out that the Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) actually campaigned against Scheer.
Pundits are saying the choice of Scheer came in part because of his social conservatism and his support for supply management for the dairy and poultry industry.
Scheer, the House of Commons speaker during the final few years of the Harper government, delivered his first post-victory address to the Conservative caucus on Monday morning.
The surprising support for social conservatives in Toronto is just one of the insights that can be drawn from voting data released by the Conservative Party.
“We have to show that we can do better”.
The result marked another setback for populists who hoped their popularity was on the rise around the globe after Republican Donald Trump won last year’s U.S. presidential election. “We will take ours from the minivans, the soccer fields, the Legion halls and the grocery stores”.
“The carbon tax is neither revenue-neutral nor does it have significant effect on reducing emissions”, Scheer said.
Scheer, a Saskatchewan MP, is a Western leader, Fildebrandt said.
Duff Conacher, co-founder of Democracy Watch and an Ottawa-based political commentator, said Scheer is “more likeable and he’s funnier” than Harper, which could give him an edge against Trudeau in 2019.
Pierre Lemieux, a former MP from Ontario who ran championing socially conservative policies, dropped off in the 8th ballot, while Brad Trost hung in longer than many expected, dropping off on the 11th ballot. Unlike Scheer, they wore their values on their sleeves during the race, said Conacher. But the narrow, drawn-out nature of his win – he took 50.95 per cent of the support on the final ballot to edge out Bernier – indicates he has some unifying work to do.
Bernier responded by giving Scheer a thumbs-up.
With the leadership race over, Arnold says Scheer’s first priority must be party unity.
Maxime Bernier congratulates rival Andrew Scheer, who narrowly snagged victory from him during the Conservative leadership election on Saturday.
Bernier, who went down to defeat Saturday by a single percentage point after leading each of the previous 12 ballots, chose not to speak to reporters Monday, a spokesman citing his desire to stay out of the spotlight.
Another leadership contender, Michael Chong, promised to keep pushing his often-unpopular ideas in caucus, namely his support for a carbon tax, a position that often garnered boos and catcalls during leadership debates.
Scheer’s speech drew the biggest cheers when he said he considers “the ability to have a debate about any subject” the cornerstone of a democracy, promising to “withhold federal grants from universities that shut down debate and can’t stand different points of view”.