Scheer ral­lies sup­port in vis­its to Peter­bor­ough, Bethany tem­ple

Lo­cal can­di­date joins Con­ser­va­tive leader as he speaks to vot­ers

The Peterborough Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - JOELLE KOVACH EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER

Con­ser­va­tive Leader An­drew Scheer made a cam­paign stop at the Pizza Fac­tory on Satur­day, where he toured the restau­rant with Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Michael Skin­ner and shook hands with peo­ple as they ate lunch.

Skin­ner told The Ex­am­iner that it was en­er­giz­ing to have Scheer visit.

“We’re still out knock­ing on doors,” Skin­ner said, and he noted that in Peter­bor­ough-Kawartha peo­ple’s pri­or­i­ties seem to be af­ford­abil­ity, the en­vi­ron­ment and restor­ing ethics to Par­lia­ment (in that or­der).

Scheer did not make re­marks in the restau­rant, but spoke in­di­vid­u­ally to din­ers as he made his way around the restau­rant.

The Pizza Fac­tory was packed for Sheer’s ar­rival shortly af­ter noon, and restau­rant owner Peter Bouzine­los said he was happy to ac­com­mo­date the leader — and that his restau­rant was the cho­sen spot be­cause it’s con­ve­niently lo­cated off Lans­downe Street at The Park­way.

Although the restau­rant was packed with sup­port­ers, there were eight pro­test­ers out­side from the lo­cal chap­ter of the cli­mate ac­tion group Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion.

One of the pro­test­ers was Sean Paul Cowl­ing, who was hurt when he was pushed to the ground last month at a cli­mate protest out­side Skin­ner’s cam­paign of­fice.

Peter Mor­gan, an­other pro­tester, said the demon­stra­tion was small be­cause it was or­ga­nized at the last minute; Scheer’s visit was only made pub­lic Fri­day evening.

There were also two coun­ter­protesters wear­ing red T-shirts read­ing “Make Canada Great Again.”

In­side the restau­rant, there were sev­eral lo­cal Con­ser­va­tives, in­clud­ing MPP Dave Smith.

Kathy Kat­ula was also there. She’s the woman who blasted Lib­eral Leader Justin Trudeau at a 2017 town hall at the Ev­in­rude Cen­tre in Peter­bor­ough over her ex­pen­sive hy­dro bill.

She told Trudeau then that she scrimped and saved to buy a home and raise four chil­dren. On Satur­day,

she made a point to shake hands with the Con­ser­va­tive leader at the Pizza Fac­tory.

“I’m all on board for Scheer — I sup­port him 100 per cent,” she said.

Kat­ula de­scribed her­self as “a ru­ral grandma” who didn’t know the first thing about pol­i­tics when she at­tended that town hall in 2017, and says she didn’t know Lib­eral poli­cies from Con­ser­va­tive ones.

But on Satur­day she wore a blue T-shirt declar­ing her sup­port for Scheer. She was also on hand when Scheer vis­ited Peter­bor­ough for a Con­ser­va­tive party event in the sum­mer.

An­other sup­porter, Robert Scrym­geour, said he’s tired of Lib­eral MPs who lack in­tegrity lead­ing the coun­try.

“It’s like a hockey team: the Lib­er­als have low-qual­ity play­ers,” Scrym­geour said.

Ear­lier in the day, The Cana­dian Press re­ported, Scheer was near Bethany, south­west of Peter­bor­ough, at the of­fi­cial open­ing of what was de­scribed as the largest Bud­dhist tem­ple out­side China.

Scheer has been dogged this week by questions about his dual Cana­dian-U.S. ci­ti­zen­ship, his anti-abor­tion stance and, most re­cently, by the news the party kicked out a can­di­date in B.C. for past slurs against the LGBTQ com­mu­nity.

But Scheer was warmly wel­comed by hun­dreds of wor­ship­pers at­tend­ing the cel­e­bra­tion.

Wu­tai Shan Bud­dhist Gar­den pres­i­dent Dayi Shi in­tro­duced Scheer and trans­lated his last name into Chi­nese, say­ing it meant “calm mind gives rise to wis­dom.”

The Con­ser­va­tive leader vis­ited a har­vest fes­ti­val in New­cas­tle later Satur­day, where he was asked about his de­ci­sion to cut ties with B.C. can­di­date Heather Le­ung, who sug­gested in a YouTube video posted in 2013, that LGBTQ peo­ple need to “re­cruit” chil­dren.

“As you know, the can­di­date has been fired from our cam­paign,” Scheer said, walk­ing briskly to­ward his tour bus.

The Con­ser­va­tive cam­paign is sched­uled to take Sun­day off, be­fore pick­ing up again Mon­day for the English-lan­guage de­bate in Ot­tawa.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Con­ser­va­tive Leader An­drew Scheer greets sup­port­ers dur­ing a cam­paign stop at the Pizza Fac­tory restau­rant on Lans­downe Street on Satur­day.

JONATHAN HAYWARD THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Con­ser­va­tive Leader An­drew Scheer is pre­sented his Chi­nese name as he at­tends the open­ing of a Bud­dhist Tem­ple in Bethany on Satur­day.

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