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JIM VIBERT: Canadians aren't warming to Scheer

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Just about the last thing a leader wants to hear in the midst of an election campaign is speculation about his successor.

Andrew Scheer got a taste of it last week when a story surfaced about some disgruntled Conservatives pondering a post-election putsch to depose him and install former Central Nova MP and Harper-government cabinet minister Peter MacKay at the party’s helm. The scheme, obviously, is predicated on a Conservative loss.

For his part MacKay, now a Toronto-based lawyer, said all the right things about doing everything he can to help Scheer and denied that he’s even toying with the idea of taking the guy’s job.

The plausibility of the story is found not in MacKay’s future aspirations, but in Scheer’s future. Since the election call, if they’ve moved at all, the Conservatives have moved backwards. Canadians just aren’t warming to their leader.

The Conservatives went into the campaign aware that Scheer wasn’t well known but confident, or at least hopeful, that as Canadians came to know him both his popularity and that of his party would........

© The Journal Pioneer