A vote for Scheer is a vote for another Harper-era of politics - 2019-10-06
This upbringing didn't make me a scholar, by any means, but it forced me to pay attention. And if I have learned anything, it's this: Stephen Harper and Andrew Scheer are fundamentally the same, and it should concern us all.
I understand that some Canadians have fond memories of the Harper days; taxes were low, there were few(er) major scandals, and the country made it out of the 2008 recession relatively unscathed. This doesn't mean that Harper's time as prime minister was flawless, however — his tenure left deep economic, environmental, and social wounds, some of which have yet to heal.
Outwardly, Harper espoused controlled, conservative economic policies. During the 2008 election, Harper promised that the nation would not go into deficit; in mere months, his government's deficit valued $50 billion. Some have argued that this was necessary to mitigate the Great Recession, yet his stimulus program didn't begin until after the recession had passed. By the end of his leadership, Harper added $150 billion to the national debt.