Scheer's departure means social conservatism is on the defensive - 2019-12-12
It should come as little surprise to anyone who has been paying even passing attention that Conservative leader Andrew Scheer decided to resign.
From the minute the results of October's election became official, Conservative party insiders and activists started treating Scheer as a dead opposition leader walking. Even staunch, hard-right Harper Conservative operatives openly expressed dismay at Scheer's well-documented and public record as a faith-based, social conservative, hostile to reproductive and same-sex rights.
Since the election, Conservatives who prefer actual victory to the moral kind have been saying that it is no longer good enough to say "if elected I will not change the current laws on same-sex marriage and abortion." That careful formulation worked for Stephen Harper, and when Scheer faced questions about his own record, including his refusal to take part in Pride parades, he tried the same tack.