Andrew Scheer, the Conservative Party’s folksy unifier

CORRECTS I.D.- Member of Parliament Andrew Scheer waves during the voting for a Speaker of the House of Commons during the first day of business on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Tuesday, Nov18, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tom Hanson

John Geddes writes in Maclean’s:

Praised by political allies for his knack for clicking with ordinary folks, Scheer is also a creature of Parliament Hill and a denizen of party backrooms. Born and raised in Ottawa, and bilingual, he’s based in Regina, his wife’s hometown, where he cultivated deep support among Prairie-bred, Reform-rooted Conservatives. A Catholic whose personal views win him credibility with his party’s social-conservative wing, he’s also firmly against letting abortion or same-sex marriage turn into active policy files again.

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