It took him days before he summoned up the courage to say anything about the way Ezra Levant's hate mongering Rebel had disgraced itself, and Canada, with its appalling coverage of that white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
You know, the one where the deplorable bigot Faith Goldy somehow managed to turn an ugly Nazi hootenanny into a bouncy Beach Party.
Where the Nazis were the good guys, and those who opposed them were The Enemy.
Until the car arrived.
But even after that horror show, Scheer still couldn't bring himself to condemn the Rebel and its depraved master by name. Only promising to stay away until its "editorial direction changed."
As if Ezra Levant could ever change,
So needless to say, when the CBC's Carol MacNeil asked Scheer to explain himself yesterday, he couldn't.
And he never looked and sounded weaker or more pathetic.
But then what could Scheer say? When he's terrified of alienating his rabid base, who he counts on to send the Cons bags of hate dollars. He himself is a religious fanatic, and a stealthy right-wing extremist.
And as Richard Warnica points out in this excellent report on the rise and fall of Levant's Rebel, Scheer and many of his Cons have long been Levant groupies.
Scheer has done several one-on-one interviews with The Rebel, including one after his victory, and one in December with Levant. He twice listed The Rebel as one of his go-to news sources, both during and after his leadership campaign. He hired (Hamish) Marshall, at the time one of three Rebel board members and perhaps its most important business cog, to run his campaign.
Even if Scheer doesn't want to talk about it.
He didn’t address what was different about The Rebel now, or how it had changed from May, when he was happy to call it go-to-read. He didn’t answer questions about Marshall, or his ties, or whether they ever came up during the campaign.
Or answer the burning question, why NOW?
Nothing The Rebel did this week, as Conservatives and contributors edged away, was substantially different from what it had two months ago, or six months ago or last year.
The message was always there.
So ask yourself: What changed? Why did they really walk away?
Think of this story as a parable. Ask yourself what it means, about where you live and who matters, who gets to matter in 2017.
Ask yourself: Where could this go?
Andrew Scheer knew only too well who Ezra Levant was, and that he peddled hate for profit.
But still he cavorted with him in a most indecent manner, until just the other day...
So now he must denounce him, even if it costs him half his rabid base,
Or admit that he is unfit to lead any party in Canada, and resign tomorrow.
Give thanks for the good people of Vancouver who turned out by the thousands yesterday to send a message to the bigots.
And defend our Canadian values.
Give thanks for a prime minister who would cheer them on.
Way to go, Vancouver. Diversity will always be our strength. 🇨🇦https://t.co/gqijqVF3aY— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 20, 2017
Now ask yourself what kind of Canada we would be living in if Andrew Scheer was prime minister.
And then work to destroy him and his alt-right Cons, and their grotesque buddy Ezra Levant.
Before they poison our country further.
And destroy our beautiful Canada...