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GUNTER: Scheer resignation a surprise, but necessary

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You’ve gotta feel sorry for the guy.

A bit. Even if you’re relieved to see him go.

Andrew Scheer’s announcement Thursday that he will step aside as Conservative leader was a surprise. But it wasn’t a shock.

Surely even he could see the writing on the wall.

His party was to hold a vote on whether he should continue as leader at a convention in Toronto in April.

It’s hard to imagine how he would have surpassed the Clark hurdle.

Another fumbling, stumbling, bumbling Conservative leader, Joe Clark, also allowed his party to be beaten by a Quebec Liberal named Trudeau.

At a party convention in 1983, only 66.9% of delegates endorsed Clark to stay on.

Nobly, Clark said that wasn’t enough and resigned.

Ever since, most Canadian politicians and commentators have used the Clark result as the standard a leader must exceed when his or her position in being questioned within a party.

Given that social conservatives,........

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