Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Andrew Scheer Says He and Doug Ford Are Working toward Same Goals

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Andrew Scheer Says He and Doug Ford Are Working toward Same Goals

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Scheer says he and Ford working toward same goals

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TORONTO - Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer shrugged off suggestions Tuesday that Ontario's premier was overshadowing him on matters of importance to the national Conservative cause, saying they simply shared common goals.

Scheer faced pointed questions about Doug Ford's political influence after meeting with the Progressive Conservative premier at Ontario's legislature, where the pair discussed issues including their opposition to the federal Liberal carbon pricing plan.

Ford has been a strong critic of the tax, launching a court challenge against it and raising his opposition to it during recent trips to meet with Conservative political leaders in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Scheer, when asked whose brand was stronger, said he and Ford were both working toward improving life for Canadians.

"The issue here is who's on the right side of the people of Ontario and the right side of Canadians," Scheer said. "The brand I'm closely associated with is the brand of lowering costs for Canadians, making life more affordable and standing up to new taxes."

Scheer dismissed suggestions that Ford was trying to replace him as the face of the federal Conservatives, noting that he had recently travelled to many of the same places the Ontario premier had been to.

"I was just in Nova Scotia at the provincial PC leadership there, I'll be here in Ontario for the PC (convention)," he said. "I've been in Alberta for their PC leadership. There's great co-operation between the provincial and federal parties when we have interests (and) common ground."

In Ottawa, however, the federal minister of intergovernmental affairs suggested Ford had significant influence over Scheer.

"The Leader of the Opposition is at Queen's Park today getting his marching orders from Doug Ford on Stephen Harper's failed plan to deal with climate change," Dominic LeBlanc said during Question Period. …

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