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MULCAIR: Being underestimated familiar terrain for Andrew Scheer

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04.09.2019

Andrew Scheer has made a very successful career of being underestimated.

When this Ottawa boy ran in Saskatchewan, the word ‘underdog’ didn’t do justice to his position. Lorne Nystrom, a journeyman politician first elected in the 1960s, never saw it coming.

In a personal conversation a few years back, Nystrom told me that it was the nastiest campaign he’d ever seen. Scheer clearly knew that story about what LBJ once said about pigs and an opponent.

Nystrom was outrageously accused by Scheer of being soft on child pornography. Scheer won.

He was a virtual unknown to most of us MPs in the election to become Speaker in the new Parliament after Stephen Harper’s majority win. Other candidates had more experience and apparent support.

Scheer convinced enough of his colleagues that his main Conservative opponent couldn’t really be trusted. Scheer won again, becoming the youngest Speaker in the history of........

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