Conservative voters still favour Scheer, but with an asterisk - 2019-11-19
Scheer alternatives: Since the election Andrew Scheer has faced repeated questions about his leadership, and several names have already been floated as his replacement. Abacus Data is out with a poll looking at the support that exists for some of those alternative leadership candidates, including Peter MacKay, Caroline Mulroney and Brad Wall. Of the nine names Abacus polled against Scheer among Canadians, seven were preferred to Scheer, with five at least eight points ahead of the current leader. But among Conservative voters, Scheer is still the preferred leader against all but his old boss Stephen Harper, though as Abacus points out, Scheer's lead over some of the other possible contenders isn't nearly as wide as an incumbent might hope.
One name not on the list of Scheer substitutes: Kim Campbell. The former (and brief) Progressive Conservative prime minister has had plenty of sharp words for Scheer, including her post-election assessment that Canadians just don't trust the guy. She's back with more, telling Global News she believe Scheer lost in part because of his position on climate change: "You know, we are dealing with difficult issues. This is not a time to be calculating and triangulating and trying to avoid any kind of tough positions. We need strength. We need to tackle the issues." Other thoughts from Campbell: the Wexit movement is "nuts" and she's less angry these days after getting off Twitter.
Somebody get these people a sorting hat already: Since the election the makeup of the Senate has been in an unusual state of flux. In early November a group of senators formed a Canadian Senators Group, made up of former Conservative and Independent Senators Group senators, with the goal of bringing more regional representation to the Chamber. Then last week the Liberal Senate Caucus disbanded and rebranded themselves as the Progressive Senate Group. Now the Progressive group has itself folded after failing to maintain enough members for official status, and one of its members — Sen. Percy Downe — decamped to the Canadian Senators Group. A second senator joined the CSG after fleeing the Conservative caucus, saying he can no longer abide by Scheer's views on abortion and same-sex marriage. Said Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais in a statement: "Mr. Scheer is a very good person, he's a gentleman, but in Quebec now I receive many calls from candidates, or other members of the party, and I'm sorry: For the next election, we don't have a chance with Mr. Scheer."