Conservative party in disarray over Scheer private school controversy - 2019-12-15
Signs began to emerge Friday that the coming race to replace outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will be an acid test for whether social conservatives have a place in the Conservative Party of Canada.
But difficult as that discussion could be for the party, an even nastier, more personal fight is threatening to unravel the party's governance structure. At the centre of it is executive director Dustin Van Vugt, whose status as the party's chief operating officer was in limbo Friday night.
For weeks since the October election, Scheer has been hammered by progressives in the party who say his unclear positions on social issues like abortion and his refusal to fully stand up for LGBTQ rights contributed heavily to the party's defeat in October.