Conservative leader Andrew Scheer visits Lower Mainland

The new party leader came for a picnic and meet-and-greet with Langley supporters

Andrew Scheer returned to the Lower Mainland on Wednesday to speak to the party faithful for the first time since he was elected federal Conservative Party leader in May.

The picnic and gathering at the Milner Downs Equestrian Centre in Langley attracted a crowd of several hundred, many of whom posed for photos with Scheer.

His speech played to the many Conservative members in the audience, who had come from local ridings and from across the region.

His main theme was attacking the federal Liberals as a tax-and-spend party, one with failed policies.

“We actually care about results,” Scheer said.

As well as emphasizing balanced budgets and lower taxes, he also welcomed a broad swathe of Canadians into the party.

“The Conservative Party of Canada is the most inclusive and welcoming party that’s ever had the the good fortune to govern,” Scheer said.

He specifically emphasized the diversity of its MPs, including Muslim MPs and some of the first Pakistani-Canadian and Filipinio-Canadian members to sit in Parliament.

“With a positive approach, we can reach out to new Canadians,” Scheer said.

The event was organized by local Conservative riding associations, and a number of B.C. MPs attended. Scheer was introduced by Langley-Aldergrove MP Mark Warawa and Abbotsford MP Ed Fast.

Warawa said that one focus of the party in opposition will be to hold the Liberal government to account on veterans issues.

The Conservatives are to hold a caucus meeting in Winnipeg Sept. 7 and 8, when Scheer is expected to choose new critic roles before Parliament resumes sitting.

Just Posted

Overpass, barrier, more parking considered for Cathedral Grove

Provincial government proceeding ‘with caution’

Ladybird ends undefeated season with Spring League championship

Port Alberni spring basketball league ended after three weeks of playoffs

Port Alberni riders compete in Pony Club championships in Courtenay

Two riders earn ribbons at regional competition

Port Alberni contractor earns safety award

Mosaic Forest Management honoured 10 Vancouver Island contractors

Courtenay-Alberni Greens name Sean Wood as federal candidate

Nomination meeting took place June 15 at Hupacasath Hall in Port Alberni

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

Foot ferry service in Nanaimo won’t happen this summer

Island Ferries says it still needs to secure funding

WITH VIDEO: Two endangered marmots released on Vancouver Island

With three new pups born in May, two more Vancouver Island Marmots… Continue reading

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Most Read