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Scheer’s ‘positive message’ lost in all the negativity

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All through the Conservative leadership race, Andrew Scheer kept talking about the “positive message” he was promoting. Since becoming leader, he has carried on in much the same vein. Positive tone, positive approach, positive alternative, “positive Conservative solutions to get Canada back on track” — the air is fairly thick with positivity. “We have such a great, aspirational, positive message,” Scheer says. “I love looking forward.”

Yet as Parliament resumes, we’ve yet to see much of that vaunted positivity from Scheer. He has let it be known his party will be focused on three things in the fall sitting: the settlement of Omar Khadr’s lawsuit against the government, at a cost of $10.5 million; the recent influx of asylum-seekers from the United States, primarily in Quebec; and proposed changes to the taxation of private corporations, the subject of so much recent vitriol.

It isn’t that there are no legitimate questions in each. The Khadr payout struck many as excessive, even acknowledging the government’s complicity in what the Supreme Court ruled was a violation of his Charter rights.

The most sympathetic advocate of the rights of asylum-seekers will concede they should be discouraged from trying to cross the border illegally, and it is fair to ask whether Justin Trudeau’s famous message of welcome might have signalled the opposite.

And of course there is much that can be criticized with regard........

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