Conservative Party of Canada leader Andrew Scheer meets supporters at a rally Sunday at the Nanaimo Hornets RFC rugby clubhouse. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Scheer rallies Conservatives in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Conservative Party of Canada leader campaigning in the riding today

A byelection so close to the general election provides an opportunity to send a message, says Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.

Scheer is in Nanaimo-Ladysmith today, April 14, to campaign with Conservative Party of Canada candidate John Hirst. The two are door-knocking this afternoon in Lantzville, and earlier, there was a rally at the Nanaimo Hornets RFC rugby clubhouse.

“Obviously I want to support every [Conservative] candidate during byelections, and emphasize the opportunity that people in this riding have to send a message,” Scheer said. “Not only against the Trudeau Liberal government and all the scandals and failures that they have been involved in, but also as an endorsement of some of the positive things that the Conservative Party has been talking about.”

Scheer has been critical of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair and the Conservative leader said the issue resonates with Canadians coast to coast. He said it’s a “dark road” if the independence of the judicial system and the principle of the rule of law are interfered with by the PM.

“Especially in British Columbia … there is this sense of Liberal governments using positions of power to reward friends. It’s almost like it’s in the Liberal DNA and it really turns people off when they see politics done like that,” he said.

RELATED: Scheer repeats alleged libel, goads Trudeau to follow through on lawsuit threat

Hirst said people see Scheer’s criticisms of the Liberals, but an event like Sunday’s rally was a chance to talk about local issues in Nanaimo-Ladysmith and was a “jolt of energy” for the campaign. Scheer said Hirst has a “finger on the pulse” of the community and its concerns around crime and affordability.

“So often with the Liberals and the NDP, we see them just selling the party line to the constituents back home in the riding, but our party is a grassroots party and [Hirst] is going to be a strong voice for the area in Parliament,” Scheer said.

The Conservative leader said he hopes voters seize an opportunity to “put the Liberals on notice” that change is coming in the general election.

“We need this seat at the table. We need to get some real results for the community, which means federal funding, federal investment,” Hirst said. “It’s very easy to be forgotten on the West Coast and we have been, by electing MPs who are part of the third-place party. But that’ll change.”

The Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection is May 6. Other candidates include Bob Chamberlin, NDP; Michelle Corfield, Liberal Party of Canada; Paul Manly, Greens; Jennifer Clarke, People’s Party of Canada; Brian Marlatt, Progressive Canadian Party; Jakob Letkemann, National Citizens Alliance.

RELATED: Bernier arrives in Nanaimo to amplify PPC campaign

RELATED: Prime Minister Trudeau comes campaigning in Nanaimo

RELATED: NDP leader comes to town to launch campaign in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

RELATED: Greens see climate as central issue in Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Vancouver Island man who pleaded guilty to beating over drug debt handed nine-year jail sentence

Colin Damen Gary Lamontagne sentenced in B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo

Vancouver Island’s longest, steepest, zip line nears completion

Mount Washington aims to thrill with 2.3-km drop reaching speeds approaching100 km/hr

Teen viral video star headlining first concert in hometown Nanaimo

Lauren Spencer-Smith, 15, has been recording new songs with Grammy-winning producer

The road to ruin: dealing with Vancouver Island’s dirty little trash secret

Ongoing illegal dumping problem near Ladysmith symbolic of a bigger issue

Editorial: It’s hard to believe people still drink and drive

People cannot claim ignorance, or lack of options, it’s laziness and stupidity, pure and simple

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Injured fawn at B.C. vet will be euthanized Friday night unless claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer is currently being treated at West Kelowna’s Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

B.C. man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Trudeau says Ottawa open to proposals for B.C. refinery as gas prices soar

Prime minister says he knows B.C. residents are struggling and the federal government is open to ideas

Clock’s ticking to share how you feel about Daylight Saving Time in B.C.

Provincial public survey ends at 4 p.m. on Friday

Trudeau in Victoria to announce $79M investment in public transit

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund 118 more buses across B.C. to cut commutes

Most Read