33 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Vote Conservative
Four years ago, Canadians threw the Conservative Party out of office in a decisive show of disapproval. Voters overwhelmingly rejected a government that prioritized austerity over investment, corporate profits over climate action, and secrecy over transparency.
Far from changing since then, the Conservative Party under Andrew Scheer has become, if anything, more extreme and right-wing. On issue after issue, their views are out of step with the vast majority of Canadians.
With election day right around the corner, here are 33 reasons why you should not vote for Andrew Scheer:
1. Climate inaction bordering on climate denial
Andrew Scheer has promised to eliminate pollution pricing, the mechanism by which Canada is set to achieve most of its emissions reductions. Experts say the Conservative climate plan would actually increase Canada’s GHG emissions. That is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how Scheer could exacerbate the climate crisis.
2. $53 billion in cuts
Scheer has promised $53 billion dollars worth of cuts. (Fun fact: that’s the same size as British Columbia’s entire annual budget).
Cuts of this size would be virtually impossible to achieve without touching spending on healthcare, education, infrastructure, and pensions — the areas where most of our federal dollars go. Doug Ford promised the same thing as Scheer, and we know how that turned out in Ontario.
3. His Campaign Chair is the former director of Rebel Media
Andrew Scheer has questionable ties to the far-right fringes. His long-time friend and campaign director, Hamish Marshall, was a former director of Rebel Media. The far-right outlet is infamous for its extremist views and content. Here are just a few examples: (1) (2) (3).
4. He is bought and paid for by ‘Big Oil’
The Conservative climate plan closely mirrors the policy wish-list of Canada’s largest oil and gas lobby. It has also been revealed that the Conservative campaign chair’s company was taking money from the same lobby group to spread misinformation about climate change.
5. Scheer’s connections to Faith Goldy
Scheer has appeared on talk shows hosted by Faith Goldy. The far-right commentator has a history of promoting and defending neo-Nazis. Despite many conservatives (and even Rebel Media) disowning Goldy after her coverage of Charlottesville, Scheer appeared at the same event with her this past February.
6. He opposes a woman’s right to choose
7. 67 of his candidates were endorsed by an anti-choice group
Scheer has promised not to re-open the abortion debate, but his candidates have made no such promise. 67 of them were endorsed by the Campaign Life Coalition, a group that backs anti-choice candidates. One candidate running under the Conservative banner opposes abortion even in the case of rape or incest.
8. Scheer has a history of scapegoating refugees
The Conservative Party leader has a history of fuelling anti-refugee rhetoric. He has copied Trump-style attacks on refugees, manufacturing a fake border crisis and implying refugees present a public safety threat. Scheer has even evoked Trump’s favorite bogeyman, the MS13 gang, to justify his views.
9. Scheer could build his own detention camps
When asked about how he would stop refugees fleeing Trump, Scheer didn’t rule out the use of detention camps. This is the same tactic used by Trump to house refugees fleeing to American from Latin America.
10. He is personally against same-sex marriage
Scheer has a long history of anti-LGBT views. In a now-infamous 2005 speech, he made bizarre comparisons between same-sex marriage and a dog’s tail. He has refused to apologize for those remarks after being pressed multiple times.
11. His dishonesty and lack of transparency
Scheer has also had a shaky relationship with the truth, using false claims to hammer his political opponents. He also has a singular aptitude for avoiding answering questions, taking responsibility or making apologies for his actions. Here’s just one example…
12 . He could work with Conservative Premiers to rip up the constitution
Should Andrew Scheer become the next Prime Minister, he could be able to pass amendments to the constitution. The 7/50 rule dictates that amendments must have the support of 7 premiers making up over 50% of Canada’s population. With Doug Ford and Jason Kenney’s victories in Ontario and Alberta, the Conservatives now reach the threshold to amend the constitution. Things like LGBT and reproductive rights could be in danger with an Andrew Scheer government.
13. He would re-open tax loopholes for the rich
The Conservatives are promising to re-open a loophole that allowed multi-millionaires to dodge taxes. When the Liberals closed this loophole, he mislead Canadians into thinking it was an issue about small businesses.
14. Scheer addressed the controversial “Yellow Vests Convoy”
In February, Scheer addressed a controversial Yellow Vest Convoy, with many members of hate groups in attendance. Though they claim it is their opposition to taxing pollution that unites Canada’s yellow vests, they do have a penchant for parroting Islamaphobic and anti-immigrant conspiracies.
15. He opposes national pharmacare
The Conservative Party is the only major political party in Canada that is opposed to a national pharmacare program. Despite two-thirds of Canadians supporting the idea, Andrew Scheer continues to oppose it.
16. Conservative housing policy could trigger a real-estate crash
Andrew Scheer’s housing strategy relies largely on incentivizing people to take on unaffordable debt to buy houses. Moreover, Scheer is planning on removing safeguards that are meant to control the unpredictable housing market. Experts have warned that these policy changes increase the risk of triggering a 2008-style real estate market crash.
17. Scheer plans to ram through pipelines with no consent
He has reiterated that he will “assert federal jurisdiction” to fast-track pipeline projects. That’s a fancy way of saying he plans on forcing pipeline projects through, regardless of opposition. His proposed ‘energy corridor’ could also see pipelines forced into jurisdictions where they are not popular, like Quebec.
18. He opposed lowering the retirement age
Stephen Harper had increased the retirement age from 65 to 67. When the current government moved to lower the age back down, Andrew Scheer voted against it.
19. He refuses to march in Pride parades
Andrew Scheer has a history of not attending Pride parades. Even though all major party leaders attended this year, there was one notable exception: you guessed it, Mr. Scheer himself.
20. Scheer would loosen gun laws
21. He stood with Doug Ford through his cutting frenzy
Despite Doug Ford’s cuts to education and healthcare being hugely unpopular, Andrew Scheer refused to stand up to him. Instead, he reiterated his support for Ford by saying they were working towards the same goals.
22. The Conservatives will cut taxes for the rich
Andrew Scheer’s so-called “Universal Tax Cut” is a secretive way of passing tax cuts for the wealthiest few. His proposed changes to the tax system will see families making over $200,000 a year reap the largest benefits.
23. His Conservative MPs are climate deniers
Conservative MPs are the odd ones out when it comes to climate science. Blaine Calkins, claimed the “climate has always been changing”. Then there’s the Conservative MP who thinks cannabis smoke is a bigger threat to humanity than GHG emissions.
24. Scheer attended the same secret meeting as a Trump strategist
Trump administration officials, oil and gas executives, and Andrew Scheer all met at one secret strategy session. There are also questions about several Trump strategists working on Scheer’s campaign which he has refused to answer.
25. He won’t fire a bigoted, Islamophobic candidate
Ghada Malek is the Conservative candidate for Mississauga-Streetsville. She’s extremely controversial because of her strong anti-LGBT, anti-immigrant and Islamaphobic views. She was so problematic that the Ontario Conservatives barred her from running under their banner. Andrew Scheer, on the other hand, finds all this acceptable.
26. The Conservatives plan to gut Canada’s foreign aid
Scheer plans to cut our foreign aid by 32%, including funding for disaster relief aid to humanitarian initiatives. He claims that this money is going to well-off countries and authoritarian regimes, a claim that has been debunked.
27. Andrew Scheer is a copy of Doug Ford
From his talking points to his plans to cut public services, Scheer is just like Doug Ford.
28. He can’t even act normal around people
Just take a look at the video.
29. He is helping spread conspiracy theories about climate activists
30. Scheer promised to stand by candidates that make racist/homophobic comments
After multiple incidents of his candidates making racist and homophobic comments, Scheer said he would stand by them.
31. One of his candidates is best friends with Faith Goldy
Remember Faith Goldy? The white nationalist talk show host. (See #5). One of Scheer’s candidates was seen in a video talking about how Faith Goldy is her best friend.
32. Another of his candidates wants to make AR-15s easily purchasable
The AR-15 is the gun of choice for school shooters and mass murderers alike. Why this Conservative MP wants to make them more easily accessible is beyond most Canadians. However, if you look at the bigger picture you can see this is only a part of a larger strategy to weaken Canada’s gun laws.
33. The Conservatives would scrap the Clean Fuel Standard
The clean fuel standard demands big fuel companies produce increasingly cleaner energy products. This is a critical part of Canada’s plans for tackling climate change. Scheer sees it as a “secret fuel tax” (it’s not) and has promised to scrap it.