Canadian Member of Parliament and pro-CANZUK advocate, Andrew Scheer MP, has been elected as the new federal leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
After a lengthy race for the party leadership, 13 candidates were gradually narrowed down on Saturday evening in Toronto. The 12th round ballot eliminated pro-CANZUK MP, Erin O’Toole, leaving Maxime Bernier and Andrew Scheer as the final round contenders.
In the end, 132,000 ballots were weighted, with Scheer coming out victorious.
Scheer has continually expressed his support for advancing free trade agreements between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom; a policy which was advocated among many MPs during the leadership election, including Erin O’Toole, Chris Alexander and Michael Chong.
When questioned about Canada’s CANZUK trade opportunities at the Vancouver Leadership Debate in March, Scheer responded:
“Absolutely, I very much support a trade deal with those countries. Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom have a similar basis of law, they have a common democratic system, they have the same types of legislation and regulations around investment and trade. Those are the types of things we don’t enjoy with China. I was a big proponent of Brexit before Brexit even happened [and] we should be pursuing a free trade deal immediately”.
CANZUK International will continue to work with Andrew Scheer and advocate the CANZUK campaign in preparation for the party’s national convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2018, in which we will aim to secure CANZUK free movement and free trade as official policies of the Conservative Party of Canada.
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