Former Tory leader Scheer talks about beliefs and principles in politics


Regina — At a Christian organization fundraising event, former Conservative Party of Canada leader Andrew Scheer, his faith and family, how these influences affect his life and politics, and the world today. Talked about the difficulties faced by people of faith.

Regina-Qu’Appelle MP spoke at the Providence 4 Mission breakfast event at Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina. April 30.. Cheer, a five-year-old married father who turns 43 this month, was first elected in 2004, two years before Tories came to power.

“You soon realized that it was about the party leader. The leader’s office wants this, the leader’s office wants it,” Scheer told an audience of 300. rice field.

After that, the conservatives lost power in 2015 and the Prime Minister’s Office no longer exists.

“Well, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to get my work done around it, and I’ve confirmed that I’m impressed with the people who were important at the time. But where are they now?”

Scheer said he realized that the influence of his parents and faith was the “big navigation point or center of gravity” that remained after the decline of others.

“Looking at the Bible, there are so many different examples of God telling us how temporary what is here, but we are still blind. [and] I was hypnotized by the present, “he said.

“I grew up in a very religious family,” he said. “Both my parents were people of deep faith.”

“Hostile Perspective” on People of Faith

Scheer said there is a move to “push faith out of the public sphere” in Canada and around the world.

“There is a lot of hatred, a lot of anger towards people of faith, and an increasingly hostile view. In fact, see the wonderful things that people do, inspired by faith. People do philanthropy. Do, feed hungry people, and dress naked. “

One of the audience asked believers who pondered the elections in elected positions what Share would say.

“It’s not easy, but don’t let it discourage you because we were told [in the Bible] It ’s not easy, right? In fact, the exact opposite. I was told that it would be difficult to be a Christian, a man of faith, “he replied.

Mr. Shear said that many non-believers are also doing good deeds, and freedom is an important value in Canada.

“For me, freedom of religion and secularism is to embrace all the different aspects of faith that we have a common foundation on, to allow people to defend what they believe and to practice their faith. And we need a leader with such a solid principle, “he said.

“My hope is to return Canada to a place in the coming months and years where there is no open hostility to people’s faith, people can thank each other and enjoy the benefits of all of us. We can do it. Find out what they have in common and build a better society together. “

“Standing in principle”

In 2011, after turning 32, Scheer became the youngest chairman in the history of the House of Commons. He was only 38 when he became the leader of the Conservative Party in 2017. A fan of former Saskatchewan-born Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, he said leadership is about knowing your destination and building trust in others.

The Scheer Conservatives won the popularity poll, but lost the federal elections in 2017, and some prominent Conservatives opposed Schier’s pro-life stance and the absence of the pride parade. However, Mr. Shear said the advice he received shortly after becoming an MP was always sticking to him.

“”[Someone] He said, “Before entering the House of Commons, you should have a clear idea in your mind what the points are and what the principles you will be willing to resign. They say politics is about the art of compromise, and that’s true, “he said.

“To achieve something, we need to find a way for people to see something and find something in common. But as an individual, it’s important to know which way we go, based on our principles. We also understand that it is necessary to leave it to the voters to decide. “

From his point of view, Mr. Shear thanked him for the fact that he lives in a country that only loses elections, not his life. He recalled Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian who became the first federal minister of minority issues in Pakistan after being elected in 2008. Bhatti was assassinated by the Taliban organization in 2011.

“There is a great group of parliamentarians from different religious perspectives who have begun a great effort on religious freedom, protecting religious minorities of all backgrounds around the world,” said Shear. “But too many people are fighting for religious freedom, both in elected positions and in other ways, and they die every day.”

Lee Harding

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Lee Harding is a Saskatchewan-based journalist and think tank researcher and contributor to The Epoch Times.

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