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Andrew Scheer is a Canadian politician who has served as a member of Parliament (MP) for Regina—Qu’Appelle since 2004. Scheer served as the 35th speaker of the House of Commons from 2011 to 2015, and was the leader of the Conservative Party and leader of the Official Opposition from 2017 to 2020. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in criminology, political science, and history. Elected to represent the Saskatchewan riding of Regina—Qu’Appelle at the age of 25, Scheer was re-elected in 2006, 2008, and 2011 before becoming House speaker at age 32, making him the youngest speaker in the chamber’s history.
Scheer held the speaker role for the entirety of the 41st Canadian Parliament. Following the Conservatives’ defeat in 2015, Scheer launched his campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party, running under the slogan of “Real conservative.” On May 27, 2017, he was elected leader of the Conservative Party in an upset, narrowly defeating former cabinet minister Maxime Bernier. Scheer has described himself as focused on economic development, fiscal restraint, and reducing inefficiencies in government.
He is a staunch opponent of the federal carbon tax and favours the construction of several pipelines. In the 2019 federal election, the Conservatives under Scheer received a plurality of the popular vote and gained 26 seats, but remained the Official Opposition. On December 12, 2019, following weeks of criticism within the party for the unsuccessful campaign he ran, Scheer abruptly announced he would be resigning as party leader effective upon the election of a new one. He was succeeded as a leader on August 24, 2020, by former cabinet minister Erin O’Toole.
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Andrew James Scheer PC MP was born on May 20, 1979 (age 43 years) at the Riverside Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario and was raised in Ottawa, Canada. He is the son of Mary Gerarda Therese (née Enright), a nurse, and James D. Scheer, a librarian, a proofreader with the Ottawa Citizen, and Catholic deacon. James was born in the United States, making his son Andrew a U.S. citizen at birth despite being born in Canada. According to a 2019 Maclean’s article, Scheer’s family earned considerably more than the median income for most Canadian families.
Scheer has two sisters. Part of Scheer’s family is from Romania. Scheer spent summers during his youth with his maternal grandparents in Mississauga. Scheer graduated from Immaculata High School and received the school’s “Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award” in 2012. In 1998, Scheer began his studies in criminology, political science, and history at the University of Ottawa, from which he would ultimately graduate in 2008, receiving his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree four years after he was first elected to Parliament.
Scheer worked on several political campaigns during his earlier university years, including the Unite the Right campaign to merge the Progressive Conservative and Reform parties and Preston Manning’s campaign to lead the Canadian Alliance. He also worked in the correspondence department of the Office of the leader of the Opposition under Stockwell Day.
He also worked on Ottawa city councillor Karin Howard’s youth advisory committee. In his third year of university, Scheer ran as a school trustee for the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board in the 2000 Ottawa municipal elections but lost to incumbent Kathy Ablett. After meeting his future wife Jill Ryan at the University of Ottawa, Scheer moved to his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, and continued his studies at the University of Regina, taking some courses for his BA there.
In Regina, Scheer worked as an insurance clerk, a waiter, and an assistant in the constituency office of Canadian Alliance MP Larry Spencer. In 2005, Scheer’s blog as an MP listed that he was an accredited insurance broker, and in 2007 the biography section on Scheer’s MP website stated that he passed the Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker program in Saskatchewan and started his insurance industry career at Shenher Insurance in Regina.
During the 2019 election, when Andrew Sheer was Conservative leader, his biography on the party website stated that he had worked as an insurance broker. Upon investigation, The Globe and Mail found no evidence that he was ever accredited as an insurance broker. Scheer responded to these claims by maintaining that he received accreditation for general insurance after leaving Shenher Insurance in Regina. As of September 2019, the provincial regulator, the Insurance Councils of Saskatchewan, was reviewing the matter.
Andrew Scheer was elected at age 25 as a Conservative candidate in the federal election of 2004, in the riding of Regina—Qu’Appelle, beating New Democratic Party (NDP) MP Lorne Nystrom by 861 votes. Near the end of the race, Scheer accused Nystrom of being soft on child pornography. Scheer was re-elected in the federal election of 2006, again defeating Nystrom, this time by a margin of 2,740 votes.
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Scheer was named as assistant deputy chairman of Committees of the Whole, one of three deputy speakers in April 2006, during the 39th Canadian Parliament. He also sponsored a bill that would create minimum sentences for those convicted of motor vehicle theft called Bill C-343, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (motor vehicle theft). On November 21, 2008, during the 40th Canadian Parliament, he was named deputy speaker of the House of Commons and Chairman of Committees of the Whole, succeeding NDP MP Bill Blaikie.
Speaker of the House of Commons
Scheer’s experience as deputy speaker led many to consider him the front-runner to be elected speaker of the House of Commons when the Conservative Party won a majority in the federal election in 2011. On June 2, 2011, Scheer defeated Denise Savoie, the lone opposition and only woman candidate, in the sixth round of balloting. Scheer became the youngest House speaker in Canadian history. Liberal MPs, who opposed Scheer’s candidacy, criticized the NDP for voting for their own party member instead of tipping the balance toward Conservative MP Lee Richardson based on the MPs’ beliefs that Scheer was “Harper’s Boy”.
During his tenure, some individual opposition MPs were critical of some of his decisions. Liberal MP Irwin Cotler questioned his impartiality due to a decision over a robocall incident with Campaign Research (it was reported that Scheer was a client of the firm). During the 2011 Canadian federal election voter suppression scandal, opposition politicians raised concerns over Scheer’s interventions to block questions after The Globe and Mail revealed that his riding association loaned $3,000 to Marty Burke while Burke’s campaign was under scrutiny by Elections Canada over the incident.
Scheer was re-elected in the 2015 federal election in which the Conservative government was defeated. He was appointed opposition House leader by the leader of the Official Opposition and interim Conservative party leader Rona Ambrose. He thought about running for the position of interim party leader but was dissuaded by fellow caucus MP Chris Warkentin, who pointed out that the interim leader cannot take the permanent position.
On September 13, 2016, he announced his resignation as House leader outside a party caucus meeting in Halifax in order to explore a bid for the leadership of the federal Conservative Party. In 2016, Scheer publicly voiced his support for the UK’s decision to vote in favour of Brexit during the referendum. Later in 2018, Scheer tweeted, “I was pro-Brexit before it was cool.”
Andrew Scheer announced his bid for the leadership of the Conservative Party on September 28, 2016, saying that he had the support of 32 members of the Conservative caucus. On May 27, 2017, Scheer was elected as the second leader of the Conservative Party, beating runner-up Maxime Bernier and more than 12 others with 50.95 percent of the vote through 13 rounds. Bernier later attributed his failure to what he called the “fake conservatives” in the supply management dairy lobby and agricultural sector. Scheer garnered laughs at the annual Press Gallery dinner by joking: “I certainly don’t owe my leadership victory to anybody…”, stopping in mid-sentence to take a swig of 2% milk from the carton. “It’s a high quality drink and it’s affordable too.”
Scheer’s campaign for the Conservative leadership was run under the slogan “Real conservative. Real leader.” He avoided advocating the social conservative issues that some of the candidates championed, saying that he wanted to “reach a broader audience of Canadians”. Positions on which he took a strong stance included scrapping the carbon tax and being “tough on crime”.
He has been compared to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper during his political career, and has been called “Harper with a smile” or “Stephen Harper 2.0”. Scheer is considered a Blue Tory and is critical of the policies of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, having also been critical of Trudeau’s late father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau. Scheer considered former prime minister John Diefenbaker and British member of the European Parliament (MEP) Daniel Hannan as political influences.
Scheer described U.S. senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio as “strong conservative voices” during the 2016 Manning Center Conference. Unlike other candidates, Scheer’s leadership team was focused less on headlines or eye-grabbing policy and more on data and organizing. During the Conservative leadership race, Scheer stated that he would balance the federal budget within two years of forming government, but his platform on specific reforms to accomplish this was not revealed at that time.
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Andrew Scheer benefited from the unexpected support of Brad Trost during the leadership race. It was reported that some of Trost supporters contravened the Canada Elections Act and party membership rules by offering incentives to vote. Dimitri Soudas, a former Harper aide, pointed out that it violated election rules and it benefited Scheer’s campaign but the ballots had been destroyed so the result stood.
Scheer was criticized by opposition politicians for removing his campaign platform after winning the Conservative leadership race. Conservative strategists suggested that the ideas proposed by Scheer during the race were not likely to be part of the party’s 2019 election platform. It was later revealed in a Dairy Farmers of Canada briefing document after the 2018 Conservative Convention in Halifax that “The powers of the leader are far-reaching in preventing the policy from being in the party platform. DFC [Dairy Farmers of Canada] has been told by the Leader’s office that he will exercise this power and that this policy will not be in the Conservative election platform regardless of the outcome at the convention”.
The day after the election it was revealed that Hamish Marshall, Scheer’s campaign manager, was listed as an IT specialist and one of the directors of the far-right news outlet The Rebel Media. On October 16, 2017, The Globe and Mail asked Scheer if he knew that Marshall worked for the Rebel during the leadership campaign, he responded: “I didn’t ask Hamish about every client he had” and then ended the interview.
Later, a Conservative spokesperson clarified that Scheer was aware that the Rebel was one of Marshall’s many clients, but did not know the specifics. The day after, Marshall was named Conservative campaign chair for the 43rd Canadian federal election. On March 21, 2018, in an interview with Macleans, Scheer stated that Marshall and his past relationship with the Rebel should not be conflated with his selection as campaign chair.
Leader of the Official Opposition
After the August 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia “Unite the Right” rally, Scheer denounced Rebel News due to its sympathetic coverage of the rally, and stated that he would stop doing interviews with The Rebel Media until its “editorial directions” changed. The following day, Scheer stated that he would not be granting interviews with Rebel going forward in an interview with the National Post.
On January 4, 2018, Andrew Scheer expelled Senator Lynn Beyak from the Conservative caucus, after she refused to remove one of her letters that suggested Indigenous people want to get things for “no effort”. He also stated that “Racism will not be tolerated in the Conservative caucus or Conservative Party of Canada”. Scheer said that his office was only aware of the letters on 2 January, but Garnet Angeconeb, a residential school survivor, stated that he emailed Scheer and Conservative Senate Leader Larry Smith about them on September 15, 2017, and did not get a response. In response, Beyak said neither Scheer nor anyone from his office contacted her to take down a letter. A senior Conservative source supported Beyak’s accusation.
Andrew Scheer travelled to the United Kingdom in March 2018 to “lay the groundwork” for a Canada–UK trade agreement, should he become prime minister after the 2019 election. In London, he met with Prime Minister Theresa May, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and other UK ministers including Liam Fox and Sajid Javid. Scheer’s trip faced minor criticism from The Globe and Mail and the Ottawa Citizen. The Citizen editorial commented that the trip was “undiplomatic” and “not statesmanlike”, while the Globe editorial pointed out that a Canada–UK trade agreement had already been announced the prior year by Prime Minister Trudeau.
Toward the end of March 2018, the Opposition held a filibuster over the government’s India trip, which was intended to persuade the governing Liberals to answer questions in the House of Commons about the apparent scandal, and provide open and transparent information to the Canadian public; the filibuster lasted 21 hours costing taxpayers $50,000 per hour in overtime fees. It was revealed that a few days before commencing the filibuster to demand information, Scheer’s office was offered a briefing by the Privy Council Office regarding the trip.
A spokesperson of Scheer’s responded to these claims by stating “Has the government offered Andrew a briefing? The answer is ‘no'”, and “This is fake news.” A day later, Andrew Scheer called the allegation “completely false” and stated he would accept an offer if it were made to all members of Parliament. It was later revealed that the clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick approached Scheer’s chief of staff and Conservative MP Tony Clement to brief Scheer on any information the Privy Council may have.
Clement responded that he would not confirm or deny it. A couple of weeks later, Scheer accepted a briefing on the matter. After the Conservative Convention in August 2018, Scheer denied an allegation that the Dairy Farmers of Canada worked with his office to block a motion to change the party’s position on supply management after a page from the briefing book was already made public on Twitter by a Conservative delegate.
Andrew Scheer led the Conservatives to a gain of 26 seats at the 2019 election for a total of 121, up from 95 at the time of dissolution. However, they finished 36 seats behind the Liberals despite winning 34.4 percent of the popular vote to the Liberals’ 33.1 percent, a margin of just over 240,000 votes. It was the first time since 1979 that a party won the most seats without winning the popular vote. It was also the first time since a government took power with less than 35 percent of the national popular vote since the John A. Macdonald-led Tories in 1867, who had 34.8 percent.
Much of the Conservatives’ plurality was built on large margins in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where they won 70 percent and 65 percent of the popular vote, respectively. However, they only won five seats in the suburbs of the Greater Toronto Area and were completely shut out in Toronto itself, in part due to the provincial Conservative government of Doug Ford.
On December 12, 2019, Scheer announced that he would resign as leader of the Conservatives and Official Opposition, staying on until a new leader could be selected. The same day, the Conservative Party confirmed that it had been paying the difference in the cost of private school tuition for Scheer’s children in Saskatchewan and the higher cost of tuition in Ottawa—insisting the tuition matter was not the reason for Scheer’s resignation.
Andrew Scheer was announced on September 8, 2020, as the Opposition Critic for Infrastructure & Communities in his successor Erin O’Toole’s shadow cabinet. In that role, he sponsored private member Bill C-269 to amend the Fisheries Act to prohibit the deposit of raw sewage in water frequented by fish.
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On February 2, 2022, Scheer posed for a picture posted on Saskatoon—Grasswood MP Kevin Waugh’s Twitter page along with Waugh, Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Rosemarie Falk, Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan MP Fraser Tolmie, Regina-Lewvan MP Warren Steinley and Sen. Denise Batters standing with the Saskatchewan flag at the Freedom Convoy 2022. The mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, is demanding an apology, as he feels the actions of the protestors are not welcomed and that “MPs and senators in the picture should know better.” He has endorsed Pierre Poilievre’s campaign to be the leader of the Conservative Party in the 2022 Conservative Leadership Election.
Scheer is a dual citizen, holding Canadian and U.S. citizenship, and in August 2019 he began the process of renouncing his U.S. citizenship, which he obtained through his American-born father. Scheer confirmed that he has filed U.S. tax returns and the party verified that he is registered for the draft under the U.S. Selective Service System, which is a list of individuals who can be conscripted into the U.S. military in the event of a national emergency.
Scheer denied that he had been hiding this information, but rather stated that he had never been asked about his dual citizenship, nor about having an American-born parent before the information was revealed by The Globe and Mail during the 2019 federal election campaign. In May 2020, he announced that he no longer plans to renounce his American citizenship, as he will not be prime minister.
Andrew Scheer is a hunter and firearm owner. A gridiron football fan, Scheer supports the Seattle Seahawks and Saskatchewan Roughriders; his brother-in-law is professional football player Jon Ryan. Another of his wife’s brothers, Steve Ryan, ran for the Saskatchewan NDP in the 2007 and 2011 provincial elections. When he was speaker of the House of Commons from 2011 to 2015, he lived at the official residence, called the Farm, in the Gatineau Hills. When he was the leader of the Opposition, he lived in the Stornoway.
Andrew Scheer is married to Jill Ryan, they had their wedding at the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina in 2003. His wife is a private person. The couple has five children: Madeline Scheer, Thomas Scheer, Henry Scheer, and Grace Scheer. Scheer and his wife are practicing Catholics who attend Sunday mass and is an active member of the Knights of Columbus. His children attend a private faith-based school. According to Global News, “Scheer’s French is passable, but he’s not fluently bilingual.”
Andrew Scheer net worth
How much is Andrew Scheer worth? Andrew Scheer net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his career as a politician. Scheer salary per month with other career earnings are over $2 million annually. His successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and influential politicians in Canada.