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GUNTER: If Scheer can't excite Alberta conservatives, you know he has a problem

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The United Conservative Party members in attendance for Andrew Scheer’s speech to their provincial convention in Calgary last Friday were polite, but far from enthusiastic. They didn’t wave the Scheer signs they had been given around much. And when he didn’t stay to schmooze after his remarks, they weren’t all that upset.

Compare that the to roaring, rip-snorting reaction from the same crowd to Premier Jason Kenney’s speech the following day.

It’s not as if Scheer got no cheers. The strongest response came to his zinger that “Division isn’t the result of Justin Trudeau’s plan. Division IS Justin Trudeau’s plan.”

But more than a few delegates wondered where that passion had been during the campaign.

If Andrew Scheer can’t even whip up some excitement among Alberta conservatives, who can he enthuse?

The ho-hum response in the ballroom of the Westin Calgary Airport was proof Scheer didn’t win Alberta – bedrock, deep-blue Alberta – in October’s federal........

© Edmonton Sun