“I have removed Maxime Bernier from the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet, effective immediately,” said Scheer’s office.
Maxime Bernier is no longer the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
He was removed from his role “effective immediately” by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.
Scheer’s office did not give any reason for Bernier’s removal.
In a statement, Scheer’s office said only “I have removed Maxime Bernier from the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet, effective immediately. 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.”
Some will speculate that the removal stems from Bernier’s view on supply management. While Bernier almost won the leadership of the Conservatives on a platform that included scrapping supply management, Scheer has pledged to support it, and it has recently come under attack from US President Donald Trump.
Bernier had also won credit from many people for confronting the crazy identity politics of Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes. Bernier was one of the few MPs willing to speak his mind and push back against the victim-narrative that has so weakened our country.
An explanation for Bernier’s removal will need to be given soon, since many Conservatives still support the core principles Bernier fought for, and will be disturbed to see his voice reduced. After all, if the Conservatives are going to portray themselves as defenders of free speech, enforcing ruthless message discipline at the expense of different viewpoints would be highly hypocritical.