Andrew Scheer walks thin line on abortion and residential schools controversies - 2017-10-03
Political commentators have been stunned by what they see as Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer's incompetence and dithering in his handling of recent controversies.
Last week, it was his defence of MP Rachael Harder as his nominee to chair the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women. Harder is opposed to abortion legislation and a woman's right to choose. Harder lost her bid this week for status of women chair. It was, at first glance, a bizarre and absurdly provocative move.
Before Harder, Scheer took his sweet time to condemn Conservative senator Lynn Beyak's ahistorical and vile comments on residential school survivors. Beyak defended "well-intentioned" teachers at residential schools, and wrote that Indigenous peoples should become Canadian citizens and promote their culture "on their own dime, on their own time."