The cover story in June Maclean’s magazine says it all: “Andrew Scheer has a problem.” Scheer seems to have a real issue standing up to intolerance and even out-right racism in his conservative party.
Over the weekend, 29 people were killed and about 50 injured in less than 24 hours in the United States. Shootings inspired by white supremacy belief. While we sympathise with our friends at the southern border, we need to know, there are ingrown threats at home.
Lately, Andrew Scheer has embraced intolerance, white supremacy, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ, and racism. There is a great danger with Scheer’s “whatever it takes to win” ideology. This is a similar ideology that projected Donald Trump to the presidency in the United State but has been tearing the US apart since then.
Conservative MP Michael Cooper – New Zealand Manifesto
While testifying at a committee study on online hate, a Muslim anti-racism activist was berated by Michael Cooper.
As part of his tirade, Cooper read out part of the 74-page manifesto of the Christchurch mass shooter to indulge his provocation for Muslims. The manifesto is banned in New Zealand — but reading it in a committee room wasn’t enough to get Cooper banned from Scheer’s Conservative caucus.
Faith Goldy – A White Nationalist
In February, Andrew Scheer told a group that included extreme anti-immigration protesters that his Conservatives were “standing with you” in their fight against the Liberal government.
Shortly after Scheer addressed the crowd, so did Faith Goldy—a notorious white nationalist. When asked to explain, Scheer’s office would only concede that there may have been some “bad apples” at the event.
Leo Housakos – Conservative Senator
Another Conservative senator says he believes white supremacy is not a threat. Housakos comments came after numerous, deadly acts of far-right terrorism in recent years—including the murder of a protestor in Charlottesville and Mosque shootings in Quebec and New Zealand. Housakos never apologized for his remarks and remains in Scheer’s caucus to this day.
Conservative Senator Leo Housakos yesterday asked me if white supremacy is a threat. Watch our exchange: pic.twitter.com/1z2pGMDdQz
— Chrystia Freeland (@cafreeland) April 10, 2019
Hamish Marshall – Former Rebel Media
Board member of the far-right Rebel Media installed as national director for Scheer’s 2019 campaign. With the values that Rebel uphold which include White supremacy, anti-Muslim and Anti-immigrant, Andrew Scheer has granted the media several interviews including an interview with Faith Goldy.
The rebel media plays a big part in Andrew Scheer’s campaign. Rebel media director (now former), Hamish Marshall helped Scheer win the conservative party leadership and was named by Andrew Scheer as his 2019 campaign chair. Hamish Marshall, who until as recently as 2017 was listed as a director on Rebel Media’s website.
Lynn Beyak – Conservative Senator
Even after Beyak insulted the First Nation, she suggested First Nations peoples give up their status cards and trade them in for Canadian citizenship, Scheer said he was “not ready” to remove her from his caucus.
With racism, intolerance, anti-Muslim and anti-immigration politics on the rise in western countries, it would be downright dangerous to elect a leader in Canada who condone and promote such. Andrew Scheer has shown us time and time again where he stands.