On the whole, Tories could be accused of being passive, reacting more to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government than promoting Scheer as an alternative. Not so in la belle province, where a vigorous push for support is underway.
“The Bloc Québécois is failing. The NDP, it’s not going well with their new leader. And us, with our new leader, it’s going well,” Maxime Bernier, Scheer’s close rival during last year’s leadership race and arguably the party’s most visible member in Quebec, said Wednesday. “The future for us will be very bright in Quebec.”
Alain Rayes, Scheer’s Quebec deputy and the person in charge of finding candidates for the 2019 election, said he is confident about the party’s strategy and, in particular, the idea of stealing “nationalists” from the BQ who want more for Quebec but do not want to separate from Canada.
“I’m personally profoundly convinced that we will improve our showing,” he said.