Scheer wins Conservative Party leadership: What it could mean for health care

July / August 2017   Comments

Saskatchewan MP and former Speaker of the House Andrew Scheer edged out Quebec MP Maxime Bernier with about 51 per cent of the vote on the 13th and final ballot to become the second leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

About 141,000 party members cast a ballot via a preferential, point-based system, the results of which were revealed at a May 27 gathering in Toronto.

Scheer was one of 12 candidates who shared their policies and views on health care in the March/April issue of Canadian Nurse.

“The Conservative party under my leadership would work hard to spend federal dollars wisely — including running balanced budgets — in order to ensure we maintain stable federal funding to the provinces,” Scheer said in that article. “As well, I believe it is important to allow the provinces the autonomy to innovate without fear of federal intervention.”

During his first press conference as Conservative leader, Scheer said there was a need to protect conscience rights for medical practitioners. However, in response to media questions about his stance on abortion and same-sex marriage, he said he would not reopen those debates. He added that a crucial theme of his candidacy was unity; his team would put forward only those policies that would not divide the party.

Scheer said he believes that individual MPs have the right to speak their minds; however, he would encourage his party to come together on ideas that they could win on.

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