Can we really trust Andrew Scheer?

1. Scheer doesn’t have a climate plan
Scheer’s “climate plan” has been described as “devoid of detail” and “seriously unserious”. It mirrors the demands of the oil and gas lobby, and experts say it would actually increase emissions. In the midst of a climate emergency, Canada needs to elect a climate leader who will take climate change seriously and work hard to mitigate the impacts of climate change in Canada, and globally. If his woeful climate plan is anything to go by, Andrew Scheer’s not the leader we need. [1]

2. Scheer’s got his eye on healthcare
Earlier this year, senior members of Scheer’s team planned a ritzy $250 per head cocktail reception to discuss “the business of healthcare”. The closed door event invited health-care professionals to pay to shape policy and rub shoulders with Conservatives MPs Pierre Poilievre and Marilyn Gladu -- both pegged for key positions in a future Scheer cabinet. The event was described as an opportunity to “reimagine” healthcare -- a common code name for privatization.  [2]

3. Scheer’s election platform is being determined by corporate interests
Andrew Scheer -- along with top Conservative strategists -- held secret meetings with wealthy oil execs to help shape his election platform. He also attended a $50,000 dinner with Imperial Oil -- owned by U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil and together, where they plotted ho to gut environmental protections, shut down environmentalists and secure a Conservative victory. Shortly after these lobby meetings, Scheer released his “climate plan” which was widely reported to mirror the demands of the oil and gas lobby. [3-4]

4. He’s working towards the same goals as Doug Ford
During a meeting with Ford at Ontario’s legislature, Scheer told reporters that both he and Ford are working toward the same goals. Ford made a lot of big promises to get elected -- but once in office he started slashing good jobs and cutting vital services like education, childcare, healthcare, and housing. We should take it as a warning sign around what Scheer would do if elected in October. [5]

5. He’s flip-flopped on a number of policies, including funding for private schools
Scheer previously pledged billions of dollars for parents who send their kids to private schools -- a policy which was seen by many as a move towards privatizing education. His proposal would provide a $4,000 tax credit to parents who send their kids to private school -- essentially meaning that those who can afford to spend tens of thousands of dollars to send their kids to private school would be subsidized by taxpayers. He quietly removed this policy from his platform recently -- but it remains to be seen whether he’ll flip-flop again if elected. [6-8]

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