'I have removed Maxime Bernier from the Official Opposition shadow cabinet, effective immediately' Scheer says
Jun 12, 2018
Former Conservative leadership contender Maxime Bernier has been removed from his spot on the party's front bench in the House of Commons, says Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.
"I have removed Maxime Bernier from the Official Opposition shadow cabinet, effective immediately" Scheer said in a short statement issued by his office.
"The shadow minister for science, Matt Jeneroux, will assume the additional role of shadow minister for innovation, science and economic development on an interim basis."
A Conservative MP provided the reason for Bernier's removal on condition he not be identified. He told CBC News that Bernier was removed because of his decision last week to post on his website a chapter from his book, in which the MP said Scheer's victory as party leader was owed to "fake Conservatives" who only joined the party to defend supply management in the dairy industry.
"What was more offensive than his attack on supply management was the attack on our supporters, quite frankly, calling them fake Conservatives, or nefarious paper millionaires," the MP said.