Andrew James Scheer, PC MP (born May 20, 1979) is a Canadian politician who has been the Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Official Opposition since 2017 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Regina—Qu'Appelle in the House of Commons since 2004.
|Leader of the Opposition|
May 27, 2017
|Prime Minister||Justin Trudeau|
|Preceded by||Rona Ambrose|
|Leader of the Conservative Party|
May 27, 2017
|Deputy||Denis Lebel (2017)
Lisa Raitt (2017–present)
|Preceded by||Rona Ambrose (Interim)|
|Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons|
November 18, 2015 – September 13, 2016
|Preceded by||Peter Julian|
|Succeeded by||Candice Bergen|
|35th Speaker of the House of Commons|
June 2, 2011 – December 3, 2015
|Governor General||David Johnston|
|Prime Minister||Stephen Harper|
|Preceded by||Peter Milliken|
|Succeeded by||Geoff Regan|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
June 28, 2004
|Preceded by||Lorne Nystrom|
|Born||Andrew James Scheer
May 20, 1979
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Alliance (until 2003)|
|Relations||Jon Ryan (brother-in-law)|
|Education||History & politics (B.A.)|
|Alma mater||University of Ottawa
University of Regina
Described as a "true blue Tory", Scheer is a staunch opponent of a federal carbon tax and has stated that he would balance the federal budget within two years of forming a government. During his career, Scheer was often compared to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and has been described as ,“Harper’s boy", "Harper with a smile" or "Stephen Harper 2.0".
Elected to the riding of Regina—Qu'Appelle at the age of 25, Scheer was elected Speaker of the House of Commons at age 32, making him the youngest Speaker in the chamber’s history. On September 28, 2016, Scheer announced his bid for the leadership of the Conservative Party, running under the slogan of “Real conservative. Real leader.” On May 27, 2017, he was elected Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada on the 13th and final ballot of the leadership election, with 50.95% of the vote to opponent Maxime Bernier’s 49.05%.
Early life and careerEdit
Scheer was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Mary Gerarda Therese (Enright), a nurse, and James Scheer, a librarian and proofreader, who is a deacon of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa. He has two sisters. Part of his family is from Romania. Scheer graduated from Immaculata High School, and then studied history and politics at the University of Ottawa. While attending university, Scheer worked in the correspondence department of the Office of the Leader of the Opposition (OLO). He moved to Regina after meeting his future wife Jill Ryan at university and finished his BA at the University of Regina. Instead of returning to Ottawa, Scheer worked at Shenher Insurance before joining the constituency office of a Canadian Alliance MP, Larry Spencer in Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre. Scheer was working waiter before running for Parliament.
First years in the House of CommonsEdit
Scheer was elected at age 25 as a Conservative candidate in the federal election of 2004 in the riding of Regina—Qu'Appelle, beating New Democratic Party MP Lorne Nystrom, then longest-serving member of the House of Commons by 861 votes. Near the end of the race, Scheer accused Nystrom of being soft on child pornography. He was re-elected in the federal election of 2006, once again defeating Nystrom, this time by a margin of 2,740 votes.
In April 2006, during the 39th Canadian Parliament, Scheer was named as Assistant Deputy Chairman of Committees of the Whole, one of three deputy speakers and one of the youngest Members of Parliament to serve in that role in Commonwealth history. He sponsored one bill, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (motor vehicle theft) (Bill C-343), which would create minimum sentences for those convicted of motor vehicle theft.
On November 21, 2008, during the 40th Canadian Parliament, he was named Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons and Chairman of Committees of the Whole, succeeding New Democrat MP Bill Blaikie.
In a 2010 interview, Scheer stated that he stayed with his parents when in Ottawa, explaining that it "saves the taxpayers money." This claim was challenged in the Huffington Post, who noted that Scheer claimed over $23,000 in MP accommodation and per diem expenses in 2009-2010. His Chief of Staff later clarified that he stayed with his parents a "fair bit" of the time, but also used hotels.
Speaker of the House of CommonsEdit
When the Conservative Party won a majority at the federal election in 2011, Scheer's experience as Deputy Speaker led many to consider him the front-runner to be elected Speaker of the House of Commons. On June 2, 2011, Scheer defeated Denise Savoie, the lone opposition candidate and only woman in the sixth round of balloting. Scheer became the youngest House Speaker in Canadian history and the first speaker to represent a Saskatchewan riding. The main reason behind his selection had more to due with a divided opposition. The Liberals saw him as one of "Harper’s boys" and unsuccessfully lobbied the NDP to support their preferred candidate, veteran MP Lee Richardson. 
While opposition parties expressed confidences in Scheer during his tenure, however individual opposition MP and journalist were critical of some of his decisions. Liberal MP Irwin Cotler questioned his impartially due to a decision over a robocall incident with Campaign Research (it was reported that Scheer was a client of the firm). While, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair criticized him for failing to intervene with Paul Calandra, answering a non-sequitur about supporting Israel. In addition, Journalist pointed out there were similar incident with other opposition politicians. Scheer responded by stating that previous Speakers have ruled that they have no authority over the content of what politicians say, and is bound by that precedent. 
Opposition (second time)Edit
Scheer was re-elected in the 2015 federal election that defeated the Conservative government. He was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons by Leader of the Official Opposition and interim Conservative party leader Rona Ambrose. He thought about running for the interim Party Leader but was dissuade by fellow caucus MP Chris Warkentin, who pointed out that interim leader cannot take the permanent position. On September 13, 2016, he announced his resignation outside a party caucus meeting in Halifax in order to explore a bid for the leadership of the federal Conservative Party.
2017 leadership electionEdit
On September 28, 2016, Scheer announced his bid for the leadership of the Conservative Party, and that he has the support of 32 members of the Conservative caucus. On May 27, 2017, Scheer was elected as the second full-time leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, beating runner up Maxime Bernier and more than 12 others with 50.95% of the vote through 13 rounds.
Scheer was criticized by opposition politicians for removing his campaign platform after winning the Conservative leadership race.
Leader of the Official OppositionEdit
The Globe and Mail reported that Scheer was not posting details of his own private fundraising events, while at the same time criticizing the Liberal Party for the same, stating that he should not be bound by the same ethical standards he demanded of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, because the Conservatives are not in government.
On, October, 31, 2017, it was reported that Scheer has three Real estate limited partnerships (RELPs), an investment vehicle that reduced their tax burden by writing off up to 50 per cent of their initial investment, for those who make an average income of $75,000 or more in Saskatchewan. Scheer invested $75,000 in the RELPs, and his holdings were previously disclosed to Mary Dawson, the ethics commissioner.
Scheer's campaign for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership was run under the slogan: "Real conservative. Real leader." He avoided advocating the social conservative issues that some of the candidates championed, saying that he wanted to "reach a broader audience of Canadians." Positions he did take a strong stance on included scrapping the carbon tax and being "tough on crime". Scheer is considered a Blue Tory. He has been called "Harper with a smile" or Stephen Harper 2.0.  Scheer considered British MEP Daniel Hannan and former Canadian Prime Minsiter John Diefenbaker. as political influences. It has also been pointed out that Scheer shares similarity with Saskatchewan Premier , Brad Wall.
During the Conservative leadership race, Scheer stated that he would balance the federal budget within two years of forming government.
Scheer says he wants to make maternity and parental leave less expensive for families. He has promised to make employment insurance for parental and maternity benefits tax-free.  He wants to introduce tax credit to families who send their children to private schools. Scheer also proposes raising the limit on how much employment income a parent can earn each week while on leave. He has vowed to remove HST/GST from home heating bills, lower business taxes .
Andrew Scheer proposed a policy to mandate the inclusion of national flag decals on gas pumps to highlight "Canadian-sourced, ethically produced oil."
Scheer has described his opposition to a federally-imposed carbon tax. He has said that if he is to form government, he will act to repeal any elements of a plan to implement a carbon tax enacted by the Trudeau government. It's been pointed out[by whom?] that Scheer does not have much regard with climate change.
Scheer told the Le Soleil that he supported federal funds to a tunnel between Quebec City and Lévis suggesting that it would increase vehicle capacity" and improve the flow of traffic. Also, Scheer stated that he does not support a "war on cars" when supporting a tunnel between Quebec City and Levis.
Freedom of speechEdit
Scheer has promised that universities or colleges "that do not foster a culture of free speech and inquiry on campus" will not receive federal funding under his government, though after University of Toronto said it would not open space on its campus for an event hosted by the Canadian Nationalist Party, he stated “I respect the right for universities to determine which outside groups they give a platform to. And so that’s within their purview" and that his policy would be based on “an objective set of criteria.” .  When asked if an a university like St.Paul blocked a film on abortion would fit in his criteria. Scheer stated no. 
Scheer oppose unpartisan Senate being perused by the current government and suggested that he would appoint people to the Senate "who share my goal of lowering taxes and growing the private sector.” “They would be conservative senators who would implement the conservative vision for Canada,” Scheer criticized Lynn Beyak following her comments about indigenious people, but stated that "no longer has a role" in the Conservative caucus and stopped short of saying whether he’d take action to remove her. Scheer stated that leader of the Conservatives in the Senate, Sen. Larry Smith, is dealing with it. Scheer has ordered the senate conservative to block the passage of the the Cannabis Act. 
During the 2004 election campaign, Scheer opposed same-sex marriage.As an individual MP, he voiced his opinion in the house of commons against recongizing same-sex marriage and voted in favour of a 2006 motion to re-open debate on the issue. Scheer has stated that, as leader of the Conservative caucus - where there is no consensus on the issue - he will not try to reopen the debate on same-sex marriage.
In 2016, Scheer supported the removal of "traditional definition of marriage " from the conservative party policy book.
In 2005,Scheer defended bishop Fred Henry by stating "To think that a Catholic bishop must answer to a civil authority over matters of faith is abominable. It is abhorrent to me, to other Catholics and to every member of every faith community,".
Scheer voted against Bill C-14, which allows practitioners to assist in the suicide of mentally competent adults with "enduring and intolerable suffering" in cases where death is "reasonably foreseeable."
Scheer is considered pro life by the Campaign Life Coalition and "has an impeccable pro life voting record" in the House of Commons. Scheer has said that he will respect the Conservative Party's official policy on abortion, which currently states, "A Conservative government will not support any legislation to regulate abortion". In 2008, he was disappointed when the Order of Canada was given to abortionist Henry Morgentaler, and annoyed that his announcement came on Canada Day.
Scheer has publicly denounced the Liberal government's decision to end its lawsuit with Omar Khadr for what was reported to be a $10.5 million settlement. Scheer argued that Khadr's compensation should have been limited to the right of repatriation, which Khadr had received in 2012.
Scheer was one of thirteen Canadians banned from travelling to Russia under retaliatory sanctions imposed by President Vladimir Putin in March 2014. Scheer supports the use of sending peacekeepers to the Ukraine to Russia border believing that "The defence of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity should be a priority for Canada's government on the international stage,".
When asked about his stance on Canada's potential legalization of marijuana, he said though he is not in favour of the motion, "I am very realistic, and once it's legal in a short period of time there's going to be a lot of people that work for companies that distribute it... so we have to be very realistic as a party." Recently, he has refused to repeat these remarks in the interview he gave to Canadian Press and has not stated if his party support or repeal the Cannabis Act during the 2019 election. 
In the leadership race, Scheer accused Justin Trudeau of wanting to legalize heroin. Scheer is critical of safe-injection sites arguing that "the government makes it quote unquote safer to inject illicit drugs." On November 2, 2017, Scheer accused Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor on Twitter of trying to legalize hard drugs, but later changed to decriminalization. A spokesperson from Scheer office admitted that the Health Minister may have not said the word "decriminalization", but she indicated it basing it on statements like "rather than prosecuting" and "diverting people out of the criminal justice system".
Scheer wants to prioritize helping those he considers the most vulnerable refugees, namely religious minorities like Christians in the Middle East who face death for conversion away from Islam. He prefers to help refugees integrate through private sponsorship instead of government sponsorship. He contends that the refugees who are currently struggling to find housing, jobs and language training is because of the Liberal Party "using a devastating tragedy for political purposes".
Scheer and his wife Jill have five children: Thomas, Grace, Madeline, Henry and Mary. Jill Scheer's younger brother is professional football player Jon Ryan. Another of Jill Scheer's brothers, Steve Ryan, ran for the Saskatchewan NDP in the 2007 and 2011 provincial elections.
He and his family attend Sunday Mass at Canadian Martyrs or Good Samaritan parishes. Scheer is an active member of the Knights of Columbus. During the leadership race, Scheer revealed that his children were attending private faith-based school.
|Canadian federal election, 2015|
|New Democratic||Nial Kuyek||11,144||30.21||-8.44||$65,386.08|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||36,883||100.0||$202,239.34|
|Total rejected ballots||152||–||–|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2011 federal election redistributed results|
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Fred Clipsham||11,419||38.4||+6.3||$63,800|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||29,721||100.0||$81,793|
|Total rejected ballots||97||0.3||0.0|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Janice Bernier||8,699||32.1||-0.3||$44,446|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||27,135||100.0||$78,949|
|Total rejected ballots||81||0.3||0.0|
|Canadian federal election, 2006|
|New Democratic||Lorne Nystrom||10,041||32.4||-0.3||$50,501|
|Total valid votes||30,944||100.0||–|
|Total rejected ballots||93||0.3||0.0|
|Canadian federal election, 2004|
|New Democratic||Lorne Nystrom||9,151||32.7||-8.6||$46,290|
|Christian Heritage||Mary Sylvia Nelson||293||1.0||–||$4,213|
|Independent||Lorne Edward Widger||106||0.4||–||$728|
|Total valid votes||27,994||100.0||–|
|Total rejected ballots||89||0.3||-0.2|
Note: Conservative vote is compared to the Canadian Alliance vote in 2000 election.
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