Robocalls, ethics violations and other Scheer Scandals

By Rohana Rezel

Andrew Scheer wants Canadians to believe that he’s squeaky clean and has spent the entire campaign painting his opponents as corrupt, untrustworthy, and unethical.

What Andrew Scheer wants Canadians to forget is that his own closet is full of skeletons. Here’s a non-exhaustive list:

  1. The then Speaker Andrew Scheer told a Liberal MP targeted by fake robocalls that he had no power to deal with the matter. It later turned out Scheer had hired the firm behind the robocalls[1]https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/house-speaker-used-firm-linked-to-cotler-calls-1.1000683.
  2. Andrew Scheer’s Regina-Qu’Appelle riding association in Saskatchewan transferred $3,000 to the Guelph Conservative campaign at the centre of the 2011 robocall voter suppression scandal. Opposition MPs also accused him of trying to block debate on the robocall scandal that resulted in a Conservative staffer being sent to prison. [2]https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/house-speaker-used-firm-linked-to-cotler-calls-1.1000683.
  3. Federal ethics commission expressed his displeasure at Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s office encouraging a Tory MP to violate the conflict-of-interest code for members of the House of Commons[3]https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/scheer-dion-ethics-code-1.4932501
  4. Scheer first entered parliament by falsely accusing his incumbent opponent of being soft on child pornography[4]https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/andrew-scheer-conservative-party/article36509608/.
  5. A company co-founded by Scheer’s campaign manager is receiving contracts to produce election ads for both the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Conservative Party. It is against the law for a political party to collude with a registered third party in areas such as advertising.[5]https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-election-ad-contracts-capp-conservatives/. Ethics watchdog Democracy Watch called on Commissioner of Canada Elections Yves Côté to investigate whether the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the Tories broke the Canada Elections Act[6]https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/10/11/news/ethics-watchdog-pushes-collusion-probe-conservatives-oil-lobby.
  6. Andrew Scheer has repeatedly refused post details of his private fundraisers while accusing opponents of keeping those details secret[7]https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/conservative-leader-andrew-scheer-wont-post-details-of-private-fundraisers/article36327617/.
  7. Andrew Scheer claimed per diem expenses while staying at his parents’ place while in Ottawa. His office later claimed that he had simply exaggerated the part about staying with his parents. [8]https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/12/06/andrew-scheer-parents-home-cpac-interview_n_13456270.html.
  8. Even the Conservative Party leadership contest that Scheer won was shrouded in controversy. The Conservative Party had to expel nearly 1,400 members after at least three leadership campaigns complained of possible fraud in the registration process[9]https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/conservative-party-expels-nearly-1400-members-after-three-leadership-campaigns-allege-fraud.
  9. Andrew Scheer either lied about being an insurance broker or illegally worked as an insurance broker without a licence. Scheer prominently listed “insurance broker” as his profession before becoming a politician on his résumé. The Globe and Mail found no record he ever received the licence required by law to work as an insurance agent or broker in Saskatchewan.[10]https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-andrew-scheer-a-work-in-progress-where-the-conservative-leader-comes/
  10. Andrew Scheer refused to explain how he travelled to the United States as a citizen without a valid U.S. passport. Scheer, while confirming he has United States citizenship passed to him by his American-born father, insisted that he hasn’t renewed his passport since becoming an adult. But it is against the law for US citizens — including dual nationals — to enter or leave the United States without using a valid American passport[11]https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/election-2019/scheer-wont-explain-u-s-travel-as-a-citizen-without-a-valid-u-s-passport.
  11. Andrew Scheer made unfounded claims about a possible Liberal-NDP coalition hiking the GST rate. When confronted, Scheer claimed that it was up to Justin Trudeau to prove that he won’t raise taxes[12]https://election.ctvnews.ca/truth-tracker-scheer-s-claims-of-liberal-ndp-gst-hike-unfounded-1.4645668.
  12. Andrew Scheer defended his party’s decision to run false and misleading Chinese-language Facebook advertisements claiming the Liberals plan to legalize hard drugs[13]https://globalnews.ca/news/6025644/conservative-facebook-ads-drugs-liberals/.
  13. Andrew Scheer defended a controversial Tory candidate who has a history of posting anti-LGBTQ and conspiracy theories on social media. “This recommendation is a strict red light. There are many anti-gay/LGBT and even sterilization posts that make this candidate extremely controversial and problematic,” a preivious Ontario PC party vetting report of the candidate said[14]https://election.ctvnews.ca/tory-candidate-scheer-defended-deemed-extremely-controversial-and-problematic-in-2016-vetting-report-1.4593683.
  14. Andrew Scheer has refused to apologize for his anti-LGBTQ comments and staunch opposition to Same Sex Marriage. During a speech in parliament against the Civil Marriage Act that legalizied same sex marriages in Canada, Scheer described compared same sex marriage to the tail of a dog and went to say “It is abhorrent to me, to other Catholics and to every member of every faith community.”[15]https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/38-1/house/sitting-76/hansard
  15. Andrew Scheer refused to admit or deny whether whether his party hired Warren Kinsella’s firm to “seek and destroy” Maxime Bernier and the People’s Party of Canada. “As a rule, we never make comments on vendors that we may or may not have engaged with,” he responded every time a reporter quizzed him on the controversy[16]https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-scheer-wont-say-if-conservatives-hired-kinsella-firm-to-seek-and/.

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References   [ + ]

1, 2. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/house-speaker-used-firm-linked-to-cotler-calls-1.1000683
3. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/scheer-dion-ethics-code-1.4932501
4. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/andrew-scheer-conservative-party/article36509608/
5. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-election-ad-contracts-capp-conservatives/
6. https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/10/11/news/ethics-watchdog-pushes-collusion-probe-conservatives-oil-lobby
7. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/conservative-leader-andrew-scheer-wont-post-details-of-private-fundraisers/article36327617/
8. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/12/06/andrew-scheer-parents-home-cpac-interview_n_13456270.html
9. https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/conservative-party-expels-nearly-1400-members-after-three-leadership-campaigns-allege-fraud
10. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-andrew-scheer-a-work-in-progress-where-the-conservative-leader-comes/
11. https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/election-2019/scheer-wont-explain-u-s-travel-as-a-citizen-without-a-valid-u-s-passport
12. https://election.ctvnews.ca/truth-tracker-scheer-s-claims-of-liberal-ndp-gst-hike-unfounded-1.4645668
13. https://globalnews.ca/news/6025644/conservative-facebook-ads-drugs-liberals/
14. https://election.ctvnews.ca/tory-candidate-scheer-defended-deemed-extremely-controversial-and-problematic-in-2016-vetting-report-1.4593683
15. https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/38-1/house/sitting-76/hansard
16. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-scheer-wont-say-if-conservatives-hired-kinsella-firm-to-seek-and/

18 Responses to Robocalls, ethics violations and other Scheer Scandals

  1. Adrian says:

    We can now add Warren Kinsella to the list. Also Matthew McBain working on Scheers campaign and his connection to the 2011 Robocalls, and working on Donald Trump’s campaign.

  2. E says:

    Your popup for “thanks for sharing” is bloody irritating on mobile. It doesn’t fade nearly fast enough.

    Otherwise, great list!

  3. Sandor Butuza says:

    To keep things fair and unbiased, I am sure a list regarding Justin Trudeau is coming, right?

  4. Michael Creamer says:

    Not enough room for the Trudeau list ???

    • Wayne says:

      No kidding. Much longer and worse.

      • Kelly says:

        Their are No Scheer scandals,Just Trudeau scandals. Where all of TRUDEAU Scandals.Fake NEWS PROPAGANDA RAG ..lol

        • Pat Tyrrell says:

          Kelly; So NONE of these things that Mr Scheer has done or not done, or said (or refused to say)…none of these things concern you? Lying about his education, lying about being and insurance broker, consorting with yellow-vests and known racist agitators (Faith Goldy comes to mind), etc etc etc…..you say it is ALL fake? How can that be, when each of those points on the list have references, and those references are from a wide variety of sources, from TV, print and online publications. Surely you’re not saying that every one of those sources are fake news?

    • Dawn says:

      awww feeling left out? the article is about Scheer

  5. Joe Denison says:

    When the moral fabric of a society is eroded and in decay and good has become bad and bad has become good then there is no political solution that will solve it’s deepest issues. Empty promises of bandaid solutions. Welcome to the game of wackamoo .

    • Anonymous says:

      Justin Trudeau is a liar, a cheater, has no respect for the law i.e. Lavalan Scandal; like U.S. President Donald Trump he thinks he is above the law, and does not apply to him. He also has no respect for veterans. Compare his record to past Prime Ministers of Canada. He is the 3rd worst PM in Canadian history. He pretends to be an Indian from India; pretends to be a person of color from Africa or the Caribbean; paints his face black, not only disrespecting other countries, but most of all in the process, disrespecting Canada and every Canadian. NO, NO other person in government throughout Canadian history or the world for that fact, has done anything like that mocking other races and nationalities, especially disrespecting all of Canada and Canadians. Oh, Peter Schefkee, a Liberal Member of Parliament and of Trudeau’s Liberal party, is no better. He has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in his riding of Vaudreuil. Please, I pray you do not vote them back in Parliament. They have no busisnes being in government. Their actions alone tell you that. I know alot of you do not particularly like the Conservative Party, but they are the lesser of evil, but at this point in time and history, they have done nothing like Trudeau and Peter Schefkee have done. I myself do not particularly like them either, but the Conservative Party of Canada is the only party that stands to have a chance of winning this election for the next 4 years. After the next 4 years if the Liberal Party of Canada chooses another leader, it would be a different case of course.

    • CC says:

      These are dark times. Very. When any behaviour is considered fair game–dishonest, immoral, or illegal–if it has the potential to further an individual or party political objective. We are out of control and our brakes are failing.

  6. Marc says:

    You might want to consider the points made here before you vote Monday.

    Mr. Trudeau,

    Things I considered before I voted:

    Your minister of finance engaged in insider trading. Also forgot about his villa in France.

    You blew the Asia Pacific deal.

    You blew the helicopter deal with the Philippines.

    You blew the deal with China.

    You blew the deal with Europe.

    You invited “irregular” immigration and the taxpayer foots the enormous bill for it.

    At the G7 you pledged $400 million to Education around the world along with another $180 million to the Global Partnership for Education in Europe. None of it is going to fix our messed up school systems here at home. Meanwhile education costs are skyrocketing for our youth making university a mountain too high for many to climb.

    You pledged $241 million to Family Planning around the world including a $20 million donation to the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation (because they have integrity!). This all happened while you told vets that they were asking too much.

    You pledged $2.65 billion to climate change at the Commonwealth Leaders Summit and now you’re trying to bully the provinces into new taxes to pay for this pledge.

    You pledged $300 million to the Rohingya Refugee crisis while we have a refugee crisis of our own flooding into Quebec that you won’t address.

    You pledged $125 million to Caribbean Reconstruction while our own infrastructure in cities is falling apart.

    You pledged $650 million to Sexual and Reproductive health in Haiti and around the globe wanting safer abortions for woman while many women in our own country are left without a family doctor.

    You pledged $840 million to Syria for Humanitarian Assistance when half the native reserves in our country don’t have clean drinking water.

    You gave $10.5 million to a convicted…CONVICTED terrorist in a backroom deal. You intentionally paid it out in a way that prevented the widow of the killed soldier from pursuing it.

    You spent $4.5 billion on a 65 year old pipeline, and now the courts have ruled it shut down. Now it’s back on (at a delay cost of $250 million) – good investment for Canada you said? (And KM uses that money to build a pipeline in Texas)

    You pressured Jody Wilson Raybould repeatedly & INAPPROPRIATELY with several different high ranking officials to offer SNC Lavalin a DPA instead of prosecution for repeated & sustained corruption AFTER the former AG had determined they were ineligible for such a deal. You lied about the above having ever taken place. Then you obstructed the investigation into this obstruction of justice and prevented the RCMP from investigating!

    You replaced Canada’s old F-18s with Australia’s old F-18s.

    Your bizarre love of all things Castro.

    You imposed tough regulations and taxes on oil from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland but not oil from Saudi Arabia. Every new project has to undergo strict environmental assessments…except cement plants in Quebec.

    You said that a proposed pipeline must consider “the intersection of sex and gender with other identity factors” (what does that even mean???)

    You chase foreign companies (and their investment capital) out of the country like they have the plague.

    You chased our WW1 soldiers out of our national anthem… lest we forget.

    You called small business owners “tax cheats”.

    People voice concern over money spent on illegal immigration and you call them intolerant racists.

    We have an equalization program, but you give half of it to one province.

    You spent $8 million on a temporary skating rink (vanity project) when Canada’s largest skating rink is 500 meters away.

    You added tens of billions to the national debt while lying to Canada’s face about it. Balance the budget in 2019? Now we’re looking at 2040, if ever.

    You groped a woman and when caught and said she experienced it differently.

    You elbowed a female MP while dragging another MP by the arm in a petulant fit.

    Peoplekind? (international embarrassment)

    You got India to invest $250 million in Canada but we have to invest $750 million in India first.

    You said returning terrorists will be an extraordinarily powerful voice for Canada.

    You fought to let terrorists keep their Canadian citizenship.

    You spent $212,234 on artwork for the cover of the 2017 budget report.

    You spent upwards to $348,000 on food and alcohol in five flights on our government’s plane. On your G20 trip to Argentina, you spent $103,000 on food and alcohol alone. How is that even possible?

    You gave Canadian taxpayers’ money to Hamas.

    You voice outrage over fake racist attacks and say nothing about real terrorist attacks.

    You took 10 vacations in a single year. Who does this?

    You spent a little over $1.5 million on the trip to India that did nothing but worsen ties. Plus paid over $17,000 to bring an Indian chef to India to cook Indian cuisine. And to top it off, invited a convicted attempted murderer to diner and posed for pics with him.

    And you’re the only PM convicted of ethics violations. (multiple times in fact).

    You destroyed the career of one of Canada’s honest military leaders to cover up possible massive corruption in ship building contracts.

    You invited Joshua Boyle, an alleged perpetrator of sexual assault and unlawful confinement of his wife for a photoshoot in the Office of The Prime Minister.

    You threaten to sue the leader of the opposition then chicken out when you realized that your alleged crimes will be exposed in court when he didn’t change his allegations.

    You offer over $600 million dollars in subsidies to failing mainstream media outlets if they can prove to be trustworthy. You put a union who vows to destroy your opposition in charge of selecting these new “trusted” sources to receive funding. You could school the Russians in election interference.

    You pay off your friends to engage in election ads for you and get Elections Canada to pay for it.

    $13 million to Loblaws for new refrigerators.

    You made public statements of deep admiration for Chinese communism.

    You wore preposterous, inappropriate costumes during a state visit to India, paid for by Canadians.

    Almost $13 billion in promises right before calling the election.

    Blackface 3 times and you won’t say if there were more occasions. Wow.

    What moral, functioning Canadian human could possible justify voting for you?

    When they said you weren’t ready, they were right….

  7. Fay Pinkerton says:

    GOD HELP US..THIS IS THE WORST OF THE WORST..I SMELL A RAT IN THIS MESS OUR COUNTRY HAS BECOME..IN FIGHTING BRINGS DOWN THE VERY BASIS OF WHAT WE STAND FOR…IT IS FED BY FALSE LEADERSHIP THAT ACCEPTS NO RESONSIBILITY FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE WITH ARROGANCE THAT IS PALPABLE

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