Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul
Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer, whose political body went cold on Dec. 12 when he resigned in an effort to stave off an avalanche of negative stories about his personal expenses and poor election performance. In normal times, when a leader steps down you say some kind words and bury them with dignity a short time later. But as we all know, there is nothing normal about these times. The reanimation of Scheer was made possible by the government’s repeated mishandling of its response to the COVID crisis. Be it Trudeau’s attempt to obtain the power to tax-and-spend without Parliamentary approval for 18 months, or the performance of Health Minister Patty Hajdu, who spent weeks telling Parliament travel restrictions were ineffective, the need for Opposition scrutiny has rarely been greater.