Maxime Bernier says ‘fake Conservatives’ won Scheer the leadership

OTTAWA–Andrew Scheer’s office is declining to comment on his former rival’s claim that “fake Conservatives” won Scheer the Conservative leadership last year.

In a book excerpt published Tuesday, Beauce MP Maxime Bernier suggested a well-organized group of Quebec dairy farmers signed up new Conservative members to block his leadership bid.

Bernier, who campaigned on ending the supply management system for dairy farmers, said Scheer’s courtship of those new members “was precisely why he got elected.”

“Andrew, along with several other candidates, was then busy touring Quebec’s agricultural belt, including my own riding of Beauce, to pick up support from these fake Conservatives,” Bernier wrote.