Andrew Scheer Campaigns in Cobourg

It was a big event for Conservative Party candidate Philip Lawrence – Andrew Scheer visited Cobourg.  It started with some people gathering at Philip’s office on King Street at around 6:00pm last night – then everyone walked to the Lions’ Pavilion in Victoria Park.  At around 6:30, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer arrived and gave a short speech to the crowd.  His first comment was to answer the question – “what’s it like to have a 5th child?”  He quipped “picture yourself drowning and someone tosses you a baby!”.  He then went on with campaign comments starting with “We can’t afford another 4 years of Justin Trudeau”.  He said that Justin was not as advertised.  He talked about some of his campaign promises – more, with photos, below.

Andrew Scheer campaigning in Cobourg
Andrew Scheer campaigning in Cobourg

In the crowd of maybe 70 was MP Erin O’Toole and I’d guess, all of Philip’s campaign team.  Local media were represented as well as the National media including CBC and CTV. One of the photos below shows Erin signing David White’s Campaign cap (he’s the local Conservative EDA Vice President).

Andrew said that he would make life more affordable, that as Prime Minister, the very first piece of legislation would be a repeal of the carbon tax and replace it with a better plan; he would cancel the GST on home heating and restore ethics and responsibility.

Andrew came across as warm and at ease with the crowd as did Philip.  See links below for info on the other candidates.

He then mingled with the crowd which included some young families then went on to do some door knocking on Bay Street.


[Note the NDP do not yet have a Candidate]

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Jason Beatty
26 August 2019 5:00 pm

This may not be a popular opinion, but this is the first election I’ve faced where I’m truly frustrated at ALL the parties and all the candidates. I was brought up to always vote because brave people died for that right but I’m telling you, this is a hard election to get behind. I hope my disillusionment passes sooner rather than later.

Reply to  Jason Beatty
26 August 2019 5:35 pm

If you don’t like the party leaders , than look at the people running in the riding and pick the person who you think will do the best job

Canuck Patriot
Reply to  Mark
26 August 2019 8:10 pm

I think party platforms, how well each has performed either in government or opposition, keeping election promises and spending within our means are far more important than individual personalities, kissing babies and photo ops.

Reply to  Mark
27 August 2019 9:18 am

Then just sit back and watch them toe the party line.

24 August 2019 6:57 pm

I guess Scheer does not like Catholic teachers
From a story that was posted on FB
“No free speak or free listening here in Peterborough. I registered and received my blue wrist band for the visit of Andrew Scheer at the Peterborough zoo.
But before the event began as many were gathering around the pavilion, and as I stood quietly holding my Catholic Teachers flag, I was approached by 3 VERY large security enforces and forced to leave as my flag was offensive.
Even Hong Kong allows for peaceful demonstrations.
I was escorted out of the area👎
I made a few new friends who were also kicked out”

Reply to  Mark
28 August 2019 10:01 am

“I guess Scheer does not like Catholic teachers” – What a silly statement.

“From a story that was posted on FB” – I saw a picture of a unicorn on Facebook, but I sill don’t believe in them.

No need to read the rest of your post.

Leona Woods
22 August 2019 4:49 pm

John, I continue to be amazed by how you find out about the things going on in Cobourg, and make the time to attend and then report on them for those of us who somehow, miss a lot. Thank you

22 August 2019 2:46 pm

Gentlemen (and a couple of women) please let us address issues and not personalities? To that point, I would like to see Scheer offer specifics rather than perpetually slam Trudeau. Let’s be fair here.

22 August 2019 10:01 am

Shearer, Sheer? Duh!
Is it too much to expect that the folks, who want their leader to be Canada’s next Prime Minister, can spell his name?

John Draper
22 August 2019 9:09 am

See the links at the bottom of the article for posts for other parties – The Liberals featured Trudeau at their “acclamation” meeting; I’m pleased with my photography at that one. The Green Party and PPC have been featured. See also the article on the Election as a whole. The Scheer event made a point of being in the sunshine so made good photos easy to get. The NDP have told me they expect to hold a meeting at the end of August to choose a Candidate. That will be covered on this site when it happens.

John Draper
Reply to  John Draper
22 August 2019 10:14 am

We all know that newspapers and their reporters have personal preferences and that shows in their writing. That does not stop their reporting being news and it does not turn their reports into pure opinion. The Toronto Star is strongly Liberal; the National Post and Toronto Sun strongly Conservative; but that does not make their news simply opinion. It’s still news.

Merry Mary
Reply to  John Draper
22 August 2019 12:42 pm

Then are you certain that you want to become a permanent resident?

manfred s
Reply to  John Draper
22 August 2019 4:58 pm

ok, I’ll bite, what “potential” are you talking about, Prospective resident? … I mean, any of that potential that’s being thwarted by all that ‘holding back’. btw, I don’t imagine that you’ve offended too many, rather, you probably only sullied your own reputation, in my humble and completely biased opinion.

manfred s
Reply to  manfred s
23 August 2019 10:54 am

hey there Prospective resident, please give us just a couple of examples of the “sooo much potential” to which you refer in your comment. I really want to know what you’re talking about, as might others. The view from ‘outside’ must be somewhat different than the one I have. I think it’s important to understand your perspective if there are things that need work. Our Councillors read these comments and I’ll bet they’d like to know as well.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  manfred s
23 August 2019 2:10 pm

They should know that Northumberland News, Aug 22, page 38, headline: TOP 5 SUMMER EVENTS TO CHECK OUT. One of those events is ART WALK. “The downtown will light up with colour, with 40plus art windows, live music, artists, workshops, and more, with the return of Art Walk this weekend.”

So I went to the Town Web site under Events. I clicked on ART WALK. Yep, scheduled for August 23, tomorrow.

It’s all fake news. There is no Art Walk. DUH?!!

John Draper
Reply to  Wally Keeler
23 August 2019 2:26 pm

The Art Walk and related Battle of the Brushes has been moved to be at the same time as the Harvest Festival on Sept 28. This per Adam Bureau.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  John Draper
23 August 2019 2:42 pm

Doesn’t say that on the Town website for HARVEST FEST. Doesn’t say that any where in the public domain that I could find.

John Draper
Reply to  Wally Keeler
23 August 2019 2:46 pm

Right – that’s why I called Adam Bureau. He’s plugged into the DBIA who is running both events.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  John Draper
23 August 2019 3:08 pm

Obviously there will be a bit of disappointment from those who were led to believe there was something happening tomorrow. I hope they get their stuff together and make their timely call for artist participation in those 40plus art windows, or is that only by DBIA pre-selected artists? Zero info. Will any of the Battle of the Brushes be utilizing park trash cans as a canvas? The artist would have their art visible for years in the park, eventually replacing the mediocrity.

Reply to  John Draper
22 August 2019 5:13 pm

Isn’t it curious that the Toronto Star is getting such a huge amount of money each week because of Trudeau and his rich cronies? Did you know the amount? –

Reply to  John Draper
22 August 2019 9:08 pm

Why would you possibly want to move here????? We already have our share of people you can’t please and have nothing positive to say or add to our town

george taylor & not ASHAMED!
22 August 2019 8:23 am

73 yrs. old
Harper was by & far the Best Prime Minister in my life time.
Hopefully Shearer will be able to right the ship & carry on Harpers legacy!

Reply to  george taylor & not ASHAMED!
22 August 2019 12:49 pm

George, you are truly delusional.

Btw, you should be ashamed of a comment like that.

Canuck Patriot
Reply to  Ciw
22 August 2019 3:40 pm

Why should he be ashamed for his personal view? I’m sure that you have your own views as to who the best Canadian Prime Minister has been. I can respect that different people support different parties and leaders for varying reasons. An attempt to shame people publicly because their choice is not yours does not lend itself to a civil discourse and a meaningful debate of the issues facing our country.

manfred s
Reply to  george taylor & not ASHAMED!
22 August 2019 5:05 pm

good on you George, for standing up for what you believe, regardless of what some will say about you and your convictions. Isn’t it laughable when the ‘enlightened’ look down on opinions that differ from their’s…it devalues the very thinking that they espouse.

22 August 2019 8:15 am

Canada needs a business expert to lead the country with experienced ministers in every portfolio. What we currently have is an childish mr. dress up poor business man with some very inexperienced ministers. Look at our current export market to China…all screwed up because of who? We need a growing economy and Trudeau can’t deliver. Look at our oil exports…what a mess. Time for a change.

Walter Luedtke
Reply to  cornbread
22 August 2019 10:04 am

Sort of like Trump and Ford?

Reply to  Walter Luedtke
22 August 2019 2:39 pm

You are correct Walter as both men and their cabinets thst you mention are far better than the ones they replaced…just wait until all the dust settles around Obama and his bunch…we already are aware of all the past liberal scandals and shortcomings.

Reply to  cornbread
23 August 2019 1:38 am

TFW somebody says that Trump and his “Cabinet” (All those acting heads since dozens and dozens have quit or been fired) were better than ANYBODY, let alone Obama’s administration.

22 August 2019 5:53 am

I’m surprised he wasn’t sucking back on his usual a carton of milk. This guy is paid off by the dairy industry. Great example of why I never vote Conservative is his issue with the Food Guide. The Liberals left it up to the experts, a science based approach, free of industry lobbyists. Scheer is funded by the dairy industry and wants to re-vist the Food Guide, wonder why? Dairy is going to be plastered all over the thing. And people find this party ethical? Come on. We don’t need science denying, lobbyist pandering people running this country. They haven’t even been elected and they’ve already shown their sleezy ways.

Reply to  Durka
22 August 2019 8:02 am

“lobbyist pandering people running this country”
Think SNC-Lavalin.

Reply to  Durka
22 August 2019 9:27 am

You can’t be very knowledgeable in science if you think that the experts’ approach is science based when it comes to the food guide. The so called “experts” are paid panderers to the food industry. When 800+ Canadian doctors sign a petition to make the food guide science based, and the government ignores them, that is a sign that all is not well in our government. Using the word “science denying” just highlights your biases. Science is never “settled”. Science progresses by questioning and challenging the status quo. Unfortunately there are too many people like you who don’t understand this.

Reply to  Durka
22 August 2019 10:36 am

Groper boy is funded by Soros, the Bronfman’s, SNC Lavalin ($100K) Bombardier execs and Aga Khan, Irving etc. So I guess it is ok that groper boy wield his big stick once again and shut down an investigation which would obviously shed more dirt on the SNC scandal. Maybe you missed the news last night where it showed the unethical LIEBERALS on the Lieberal dominated ethics committee vetoed a motion to have the ethics commissioner questioned. You are a typical Lieberal thou, you discredit others to cover up the inadequacy of your incompetent PM

Reply to  Karen
22 August 2019 1:06 pm

Lieberal and groper boy? Grow up.

Merry Mary
Reply to  Durka
23 August 2019 11:38 am

What is it with all of the candidates through time who always have to have a photo of them with someone’s infant?!

21 August 2019 9:15 pm

Conservatives honest and ethical? Harper was Trump with transparency and the Press before Trump was a even ‘a thing’.

Canuck Patriot
Reply to  Michelle
22 August 2019 3:44 pm

Are you claiming all other parties in Canada have been honest and ethical? I fail to see the comparison between Harper and Trump.

21 August 2019 4:34 pm

“as Prime Minister, the very first piece of legislation would be a repeal of the carbon tax and replace it with a better plan”
Most CEOs think the carbon tax is the best way to go!
Actually cap and trade was best way , but Ford screwed that up

Deborah O'Connor
21 August 2019 4:34 pm

Good thing he didn’t knock on my door, he would have gotten an earful.

Canuck Patriot
Reply to  Deborah O'Connor
21 August 2019 6:13 pm

It would be interesting to know what it is about Sheer or his party that you find so objectional. I for one, am interested foremost in a party that is honest, ethical and respects the law. The Trudeau Liberals have taken Canadians for granted and have broken a sacred trust which is hard to earn back once it’s been squandered.

The refusal of the Liberal party to balance the budget and stop growing the debt will have a disastrous result on the future of every Canadian. There is something morally wrong with sticking future generations with the tab, all for the sake of buying votes today using borrowed money. Does nobody care about our future generations who will be left with fewer and fewer services as debt management eats up an increasing percentage of our program expenditures.

And please to all the parties looking for votes, I personally would rather see improvements to our healthcare system across this great nation that will benefit patients and provinces from coast to coast to coast before embarking on new unaffordable programs like pharmacare. Let’s get rid of hallway hospital care and months, if not years, of waiting lists to see a specialist or getting much needed tests such as an MRI.

My one wish in this election is that all parties avoid stirring the pot with heated rhetoric, charges of racism and outright lies about their opponents. Be honest with the people and they will respect you for doing so at the ballot box.

Deborah O'Connor
Reply to  Canuck Patriot
22 August 2019 8:42 pm

Since you took the time to ask me what I found objectionable about Scheer I’ll try to explain. I am a lifelong socialist who wishes the NDP would return to its genuine socialist roots. I’m also no fan of any fundamentalist oriented social conservative who would impose 2nd class citizenship on me as a woman. Equality is my goal.

Canuck Patriot
Reply to  Deborah O'Connor
23 August 2019 10:56 am

Thank you for responding to my question. Although I do not share your political philosophy, I do respect the fact that you are commited to your beliefs and the party you feel best represents them.

Many voters have no idea of who or what they are voting for, often relying on MSM opinions and editorials or which leader or candidate has the best charisma.

It’s the civic duty of every voter to take the time to study each party’s platform and performance and come to their own informed decision before voting. It’s vital to maintaining a true democracy.

Reply to  Deborah O'Connor
22 August 2019 9:36 am

Me too!