It’s a pattern of miscalculation that Marshall says has been a common theme for Scheer since entering politics.“There’s this long history of people underestimating Andrew and him overcoming the expectations,” Marshall said in an interview with The Canadian Press.Scheer, 40, is now the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and is in a race with a much higher office at the finish line.And although his Conservative party was soundly defeated four years ago under the leadership of Stephen Harper, who had become deeply unpopular in many regions of the country, Scheer and his team believe they have a real chance at victory.Advertisement He spoke too quickly back then, recalls Conservative Sen. Denise Batters with a laugh. Her late husband Dave Batters, also from Saskatchewan, was also a rookie member of Parliament with Scheer in 2004.When she first heard Scheer was challenging the NDP’s Nystrom for the seat in Regina-Qu’Appelle, Batters says she was among those who didn’t believe he could beat the veteran MP.“I thought, ‘Well, good for you,’ but I thought ‘That’s going to be a bit of a tough one,’ ” she says.The same thing happened when Scheer sought — and won — the speakership of the House of Commons in 2011. At 32, he became the youngest person in the chamber’s history to hold the title.“A lot of people said, ‘Are you kidding? We’re never going to have a speaker that young,’” says Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre, who was also was elected to Parliament at the same time as Scheer.Advertisement OTTAWA — It was a hot August day in 2003 when Conservative campaign manager Hamish Marshall first learned not to underestimate Andrew Scheer.It was Scheer’s wedding day and Marshall was a guest, sitting at a table with a few well-to-do Regina businessmen, when talk about Scheer’s future began.At the time, the 24-year-old Scheer had recently moved to Saskatchewan and was working at an insurance company, waiting tables on the side.- Advertisement -During one of the wedding speeches, someone mentioned young Scheer had ambitions to run for public office — which caused the businessmen to emit a few quiet chortles.“Oh, well isn’t that cute,” Marshall recalls them saying to one another. Nine months later, Scheer was elected a member of Parliament, first beating a player for the popular Saskatchewan Roughriders for the Conservative nomination, then winning the Regina-Qu’Appelle riding from NDP MP Lorne Nystrom, the longest-serving member in the House of Commons at the time.Advertisement Caucus members and party insiders say Scheer’s thoughtful and measured approach, his ability to build consensus among his team and his more humble beginnings make him the perfect foil to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail. Trudeau was born when his father Pierre was prime minister, grew up in material comfort, and has been something of a celebrity his whole life.Scheer’s more down-to-earth beginnings have become a key talking point for his team and for Scheer himself, especially as he criss-crossed the country in the weeks leading up to the election campaign’s official start.During a speech in Cape Breton in August, Scheer told supporters about his vision for a “new Conservative government” that would create a country in which “a kid who grew up in a townhouse in a family who didn’t own a car, whose grandparents lived in a two-room house with nine children on a dirt road in rural, now suburban, Toronto — can stand in a room like this, running to be the next prime minister of Canada.”Barely glancing at his prepared remarks, Scheer appeared jovial and at ease at the podium in Cape Breton — a polish that Marshall admits has taken time to achieve as the father of five evolved from being a young MP to a party leader.Born in Ottawa to a nurse and a newspaper librarian, Scheer finished his undergraduate degree in Saskatchewan and then ran for Parliament there in 2004.Advertisement “I think they’d underestimated how many relationships he had built across party lines, how much respect he had earned as a hard worker and a thoughtful parliamentarian.”Batters says Scheer and his team used a similar approach in 2017 when he ran to become leader of the Conservative party as he did when he ran for Speaker: appealing to Tories as a “solid second choice” in the ranked-ballot vote.It worked. He trailed from the first ballot but eked out a win on the 13th against the frontrunner, Quebec MP Maxime Bernier. He became the second leader ever of the modern Conservative Party of Canada, following the 2003 merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservatives.Since then, he has used his steady, quiet approach to keep the party from churning into a mess of internal squabbles — an achievement party insiders are quick to highlight, in light of the party’s history of splintering after electoral defeats.They don’t count Bernier’s dramatic departure last year. He quit the party, calling it “morally corrupt” under Scheer’s leadership, and started his own, libertarian political party that some believe could split the right in some key battleground ridings.Scheer’s boosters note that Bernier did not entice any other Conservative MPs or senators to follow him, “and nobody was tempted,” Marshall insists.“He (Bernier) had six or seven caucus members supporting him in the leadership and none of them were even vaguely tempted to go that way.”Now, with a number of polls suggesting the Conservatives are in a virtual dead heat with the Liberals as voting day draws near, Scheer’s campaign manager and members of his team say they believe Scheer’s many unexpected past victories give them plenty of reason to believe he can lead the Conservatives to electoral success on Oct. 21.Marshall admits the party’s chances look a lot better than some may have anticipated after its defeat just four years ago, or when Scheer took over. Marshall rejects any notion that Scheer was ever out to be a caretaker leader, quietly rebuilding the party and preparing it for someone else to take to power — Scheer has always been in it to win.“That’s always been his goal, but I think other people can see that there’s a path forward,” Marshall says.Now, the focus is on remaining disciplined and staying on message — using Scheer’s middle-class roots to sell him to Canadians as the opposite of Trudeau.“We’ve got a prime minister who’s a showhorse, a sort of celebrity who plays the role of prime minister. He’s world-famous and comes from a world-renowned political family dynasty. And he’s running against this working-class kid from suburban Ottawa, ” Poilievre says.“I think a lot of people miscalculate and underestimate Scheer’s ability to connect with real people, even though he’s not a superstar with the political establishment.”Batters echoes these sentiments, describing Scheer as the “perfect foil to Justin Trudeau,” and “the kind of person you would want to have a beer with in your backyard.”Recalling his first speech to the Conservative caucus after winning the leadership, Batters says she was struck by the quote he chose to recite from John Diefenbaker, in which the former prime minister (and Ontario-to-Saskatchewan migrant) unapologetically declared he was “criticized for being too much concerned with the average Canadians. I can’t help that; I am one of them.”“That is Andrew, too, and I was really glad he used that because I thought it was very telling of what his leadership would be,” Batters said.“He lives and understands middle class Canadians. He doesn’t just talk middle class. And that’s partly because of his upbringing.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press
huge blow ADVICE Wales boss Ryan Giggs will be hoping his team avoid a second consecutive loss for only the second time in his reign against a side he played and scored against in a 2-0 win back in 1994.Where can I listen?The friendly will be live on talkSPORT from 6.55pm.What the managers sayRyan Giggs: “No matter the result tomorrow it’s been a good year, but I want to finish off the year and this camp with a victory. It won’t be easy and when a team gets beat, they always come back. I’ve no doubt there will be a reaction from Albania after their defeat to Scotland. It will be a tough challenge, but we want to end with a victory. Latest Football News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Giggs expects a tough match in Albania “It wouldn’t be a failure (to lose). Albania went to 10 men quite early on against Scotland, in the 24th minute. I watched the game and it was quite even until then. Whenever you go away from home in international football it’s difficult. We expect a reaction from Albania. We’re the same when we get beat, we look for a reaction.”Team newsWales have named an exceptionally strong bench featuring the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Tom Lawrence as eight changes are made from the Denmark defeat. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Wales will be hoping to recover from their Nations League struggles RANKED Wales travel to face Albania tonight hoping to ease the disappointment of failing to qualify from their group after they were beaten by 2-1 by Denmark in the UEFA Nations League.The hosts were also beaten in the same competition, losing 4-0 against Scotland and have only one win during this calendar year. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Here are the confirmed line-ups:Albania: Berisha; Ismajli, Mavraj, Veseli; Uzuni, Xhaka, Lila, Hysaj; Basha; Grezda, BalajWales: Ward; Roberts, Lawrence, Lockyer, Gunter (capt); Allen, King; Wilson, Brooks, James; Vokes REVEALED BEST OF no dice
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The change will result in 500 fewer seats in those sections, but those will be offset by reopening 500 of the seats – either on the reserved (fourth) level or in the outfield pavilions – that were decommissioned last winter. The seating configuration in the rest of the stadium will be unchanged. As for the color scheme, the entire field-level bowl, including the premium seats behind home plate and down the lines (which currently are blue), will be yellow. But it will be a lighter yellow, in more of a pastel shade, than the current field-level seats. Ditto the loge level, which will go from bright orange to pastel orange. The reserved level will go from bright blue to turquoise, with the top deck going from bright red to sky blue. The pavilions also will go to the orange pastel. The wooden seats on the suite level will be unchanged, but they will be removed and refurbished before they are reattached. The new color scheme will be practically identical to the one the stadium had when it opened in 1962. But Greenspun cautioned against using the term “retro.” After hearing countless complaints about bad sightlines in the new premium field-level seats he had installed down each outfield line last winter, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt vowed to address the problem after the season. That is one promise McCourt is keeping, overhauling those sections as part of a $15-$20 million ballpark renovation that already is under way and is expected to be completed in time for next spring’s Freeway Series with the Angels. With the exception of those on the suite level, all of the stadium’s 56,000 seats will be replaced this offseason. The new seats will be of the same plastic as the old ones, but the ballpark’s color scheme will be dramatically different. “I think it’s a restoration feeling,” he said. “It’s really going back to the time when the stadium was built, which is mid-century modern architecture. It was territorial in nature. There was definitely a Southern California or West Coast mid-century (architecture) and an East Coast mid-century, which was a different color palette than the West Coast palette.” In other words, the idea is that Dodger Stadium, with its new pastel-based scheme, will re-create the feeling of Los Angeles in the early 1960s. Greenspun added that cup holders will now be a staple of every seat in the stadium except those in the pavilions, which will continue to feature bleacher seating only. McDowell interviews: The Dodgers have granted Seattle permission to interview Roger McDowell, the pitching coach for their Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate, for the Mariners’ vacant pitching coach position. McDowell, who posted 159 saves in a 12-year major-league career that included four seasons with the Dodgers, just completed his second season as the 51s pitching coach. Dodgers pitching coach Jim Colborn had been a strong candidate for the Mariners job, but he decided to join former Dodgers manager Jim Tracy in Pittsburgh. Tony Jackson,(818) 713-3675 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Those premium seats beyond each dugout, meanwhile, will be replaced with fewer rows of box seats that will include a tabletop counter in front of, and running the length of, each row. “It is (being done) to eliminate the sightline problems and really create a new level of seating down there,” said Dodgers chief operating officer Marty Greenspun, who added that the boxes will have extra leg room.