Scheer says Bernier’s ‘personal ambition’ behind quitting Tories

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Published on August 23, 2018 - Duration: 01:42s

Scheer says Bernier’s ‘personal ambition’ behind quitting Tories

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he believes Maxime Bernier’s plan to start a new party shows the MP thinks he is “more important” than the Tories.

The Conservatives kicked off their policy convention on Thursday in Halifax.


Scheer says Bernier’s ‘personal ambition’ behind quitting Tories

CAPTION: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he believes Maxime Bernier’s plan to start a new party shows the MP thinks he is “more important” than the Tories.

The Conservatives kicked off their policy convention on Thursday in Halifax.

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SOUNDBITE: Andrew Scheer, Conservative leader PLACELINE: Halifax CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Maxime Bernier declared open war on his own party Thursday as the outspoken and controversial Conservative MP abruptly quit the Tory caucus, announced plans for a new political movement and derided his former leader and colleagues as ``intellectually and morally corrupt.'' With Conservative caucus members gathering in Halifax for a policy convention that was expected to bring the Bernier boil to a head, the Beauce MP instead stayed behind, summoning journalists to a snap news conference that proved breathtaking in its defiance.

``I am no longer a Conservative,'' he declared after reading a scathing diatribe against his party and its leader, Andrew Scheer _ the Saskatchewan MP who narrowly edged Bernier out of the leadership job last year in a loss some have suggested he never got over.

``I am now convinced that what we will get if Andrew Scheer becomes prime minister is just a more moderate version of the disastrous Trudeau government,'' he said.

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