The uninspiring personality of Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer has inspired buckets of unflattering commentary from Canada’s chattering classes, all the attention rendering his invisibility, well, visible.
Scheer’s rumpled blandness and over-sized awkwardness stand in sharp contrast to the swash-buckling, wavy-haired, rock-star figure cut by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the man he hopes to replace at the helm of the country next month.
Scheer’s seeming inability to properly stand up for himself and to articulate a coherent and positive vision for Canada has given the Liberal smear machine carte blanche to paint him, not only as boring and ungainly, but – far worse - as intolerant, misogynistic, hateful, and an imminent threat to Canadian values.
It’s a caricature as false as it is despicable; but it’s one that nevertheless is gaining purchase with the Canadian electorate, if the latest polls indicating steady revival of Liberal fortunes are accurate. Read the rest of this entry »