They helped Andrew Scheer shock Maxime Bernier to become Tory leader. Can the same team win the election? - 2019-08-16
OTTAWA–A senior member of Andrew Scheer's team put his chances at 50 per cent.
It was the night before the Conservative leadership vote, and Mike MacDonell was pacing the halls at the Etobicoke convention centre where the federal party's grassroots were selecting Stephen Harper's successor.
MacDonell shared his assessment of Scheer's chances with an incredulous reporter. Received wisdom from political observers and journalists was that Maxime Bernier would become the party's next leader. But Scheer's team saw hopeful signs that its strategy — making Scheer everybody's second choice in the Conservatives' ranked-ballot leadership election — was working.