How Stephen Harper is destroying the Conservative party - 2020-06-25
His supporters, however, were noticeably subdued.
Although the federal Tories had grabbed 121 seats and won the largest share of the popular vote that evening, they'd failed to take out a weakened Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "More Canadians wanted us to win this election than any other party," Scheer said in his speech. "And now we're heading back to Ottawa with a much bigger team, with more support from coast to coast. And with an endorsement from the Canadian people that we are the government in waiting."
But the knives were already being sharpened. Scheer's performance during the 40-day election campaign was viewed by many in the Conservative Party of Canada as a calamity. "He didn't just lose the election, he was so incompetent that he left the party in horrible, horrible infrastructure shape," one senior Conservative, who's now working on Erin O'Toole's leadership campaign, told me. "It was the most incompetent campaign I could imagine."