With a year and a half to go before the next federal election, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer sits down for a live interview with Maclean’s senior writer Paul Wells at the recently renovated National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Watch their conversation right here tonight at 7:30 pm ET, or catch it on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube. Tweet along with the hashtag #MacleansLive, and follow our liveblog for all the highlights. (CPAC will broadcast the event at 9pm ET on Friday, March 23 and Sunday, March 25.) Also! Sign up for our upcoming daily politics newsletter, a morning must-read in the nation’s capital.
Why are we doing this, anyway?
With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s popularity faltering after a series of missteps, the Tory leader’s task is still mighty: any coalition of voters that vaults him into power will need to be politically diverse, drawing in social conservatives and moderates in rural, suburban and urban ridings alike. Scheer’s efforts to cast himself as an everyman may not be enough to beat Trudeau. But who said his job would be easy? Scheer’s conversation with Wells, one of the country’s best-known political analysts and reporters, and the host of the Maclean’s National Leader’s Debate during the 2015 federal election, will cover a variety of topics and include audience questions.
This is the second of a monthly series of conversations Wells is conducting—in partnership with the NAC and CPAC and presented by the Canadian Bankers Association—with leading Canadian political figures. Last month, he sat down with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.
Our third Maclean’s Live event will be an interview with the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Katie Telford on April 25 at the NAC.
WATCH: Jagmeet Singh in conversation with Paul Wells