Conservatives will pay for Andrew Scheer's anti-tax stance - 2019-11-08
There's nothing that unites Conservatives like a clarion call for lower taxes — and since the Conservatives need some uniting right now, that's where Andrew Scheer went this week after his first post-election caucus meeting.
"I have never known a problem that is solved by a new tax," Scheer told reporters Wednesday evening after a lengthy and tense first meeting with MPs who were elected on Oct. 21. It was a comment he repeated twice, almost word for word, and clearly a statement he had planned to make for the benefit of the applauding Conservative MPs who formed an appreciative backdrop behind him.
It's an anti-tax, small-government dogma that hearkens back to Stephen Harper and channels Jason Kenney and Doug Ford and Donald Trump in its appeal to the fiscal conservative base. It's also part of what divides East and West these days, and it's an indication that Scheer has yet to reckon with some of the messages that came from the electorate less than three weeks ago.