It's a horrible image, and a scary one. Andrew Scheer wandering around in the ruins of post-Brexit Britain.
Wearing his Brexit hat, and celebrating what he calls its "newfound independence."
While posing as our next Prime Minister.
And claiming he's there to lay the groundwork for a free trade deal.
Andrew Scheer is off to London to start laying the groundwork for his pledge to negotiate a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom should he become prime minister.
Even though the Trudeau government is already doing that, as the Minister of International Trade gleefully reminded him.
.@AndrewScheer we have a deal, it's called #CETA. I have met my counterpart several times to discuss continuity, stability and predictability. Sounds like you need a brief, give me a call anytime. https://t.co/FYVu5iJ0f7 #cdnpoli— François-P. Champagne 🇨🇦 (@FP_Champagne) March 6, 2018
Which made what Scheer's flack had to say sound totally ridiculous.
"It's important for us to show Canadians that we actually have a better plan to combat U.S. protectionist policies," said Scheer spokesman Jake Enwright.
Or as our ghastly Con Trumpkins like to say, sound like "FAKE NEWS !!!!!"
But then Scheer is not there to work on any deal. He's there to try to attract some attention away from Justin Trudeau's far more important negotiations with Donald Trump.
Which Scheer knows can only make Trudeau look good.
And to pose, like his fallen master Stephen Harper did, as a Great Economist Leader.
Which couldn't be more hilarious, since Scheer was and remains a giddy Brexit booster.
Who preached the Gospel of Brexit like only a religious fanatic could.
Far be it from me to tell Britons how to decide their future, but, as a former speaker of the House of Commons in Canada, I had a unique vantage point from which to witness the democratic gifts the British people gave the world: responsible government, the Westminster parliamentary system, ordered liberty and the common law.
It’s a powerful intellectual and political inheritance that has served free people around the world very well for more than 800 years and will provide a solid foundation for the future, if Britons choose to leave the EU. And, in my humble opinion, they should, as what’s at stake is nothing less than the basic principles of self-determination, subsidiarity and economic dynamism.
And still believes in it, even though most sane people in Britain now consider Brexit to be an absolute disaster...
Which despite Theresa May's desperate attempt to put the best possible light on it, is an economic and social catastrophe.
The gaunt post-Brexit future towards which May is stubbornly leading us will make Britain a poorer, meaner, lonelier and shabbier place, hostile to immigrants yet badly in need of their skills, struggling to maintain its trade across the barriers we ourselves erected, and exploited by the world’s big economies whose governments and multinationals, imposing unequal trade treaties, will take what they want and leave the rest.
And so much for Andrew Scheer as a Great Economist Leader.
But why was he so eager for Britain to break away from the EU in the first place?
Answer: so it could sever its relationship with the European Court of Justice, that among other things guaranteed the human rights of women, workers, and LGBT people.
Which also explains why Jason Kenney was such an eager Brexiteer...
For as we all know, religious fanatics and bigots of a feather flock together.
And this is the bottom line:
Andrew Scheer is in politics for all the wrong reasons. His hidden agenda would shred our precious Canadian values.
And he is, and will always be, unfit to be Prime Minister...