Scheer keeps eye on next election in debut cross-country summer tour

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer asks a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 30, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press, August 6, 2017 

OTTAWA — Rest and relaxation might top the agenda for most Canadians right now but newly-minted Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is going full-tilt on the barbecue circuit in a bid to introduce himself and boost his party’s prospects before 2019.

As part of his summer travels, Scheer spent a chunk of July in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador before moving on to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec.

“A big part of my tour was to introduce myself and make connections with people who maybe weren’t following the leadership race but are inclined to support the Conservative party,” he said in an interview.