Two more senators defect to upstart group, one citing Scheer's leadership - 2019-11-18
Two more senators are leaving their caucuses to join the upstart Canadian Senators Group — with Conservative Quebec Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais citing his discontent with Andrew Scheer's leadership as the reason for his defection.
The other defector, P.E.I. Sen. Percy Downe, is also joining the CSG — only days after he agreed to disband the Senate Liberal caucus and sit with his former colleagues as a member of the Progressive Senate Group.
Dagenais said Monday that Scheer disappointed in the last federal election. He argued Scheer's social conservatism on issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion torpedoed the party's fortunes in Quebec.