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Stevens: Filling in Andrew Scheer’s blank canvas

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Who is Andrew Scheer?

Even staunch Conservatives have been asking the question since Scheer won the party leadership two years ago.

The basics: age, 40; married, five children; MP for Regina-Qu'Appelle since 2004; previous position, speaker of the House of Commons, 2011-2017; job experience before politics, almost none.

Scheer remains a largely blank canvass. What does he believe in? What does he stand for politically beyond the conventional conservatism he espouses? Is he strong enough to hold together a fractious party? Is he, as he insists, his own man? Lastly, prospective voters might like to know — what, if anything, does he do for fun?

He has been travelling the land in recent weeks delivering a portfolio of earnest policy speeches on subjects from foreign policy to pipelines and immigration to federal-provincial relations, with his most nettlesome one, climate change, to come in the next few days.

He clearly grasps the issues. He is not shy about declaring what he sees as the Liberals' failures and inadequacies, but he does not disclose any fresh........

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