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Just what was said, and tweeted, about Maxime Bernier's broadside

Last Updated Aug 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST

Maxime Bernier announces he will leave the Conservative party during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday August 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Maxime Bernier’s scathing attack Thursday on the Conservative party and leader Andrew Scheer has elicited a range of pointed reactions, including on social media and elsewhere. A selection of what was said Thursday:

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“I have come to realize over the past year that this party is too intellectually and morally corrupt to be reformed.” — Bernier himself in a statement in which he declared he was quitting the party.

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“It is clear that Max never accepted the result of the leadership vote and seeks only to divide Conservatives. His decision today allows the Conservative Party of Canada to move forward united behind our Leader @AndrewScheer.” — Former prime minister Stephen Harper.

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“I hope Justin Trudeau and his cabinet colleagues are breaking out the champagne in Nanaimo this morning. Congratulations to @gmbutts & co. who have secured an easy win in 2019 despite a mostly terrible summer.” — Rachel Curran, Harper’s former director of policy, on Twitter

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“He has decided that he is more important than his Conservative colleagues and indeed the Conservative party. He has traded an opportunity to influence policy in government for his own personal ambition.” — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer in Halifax

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“He made a choice a long time ago to put himself first…. If I had someone who made this decision today who was fighting beside me in committee every day, who was helping me out and phoning me like so many of my colleagues do … I didn’t get calls like that from him so, whatever.” — Conservative MP Michelle Rempel

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“A debate on ideas?? Laughable. You had every opportunity to help provide policy ideas as a respected caucus member. You’ve chosen to put the future of @MaximeBernier before the future of (Canada). #loser” — Conservative MP Todd Doherty on Twitter

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“I think he will not be successful. He has disregarded the caucus and disregarded what Canadian conservatives want, which is a very positive vision for the future of the country. I think it’s actually liberating for us, because we have rid ourselves of a giant distraction who was saying things that are not mainstream, so I think this actually rebounds in our favour.” — Conservative MP Tony Clement

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“Canada succeeds when Conservatives are united together. A strong, focused and determined Conservative party led by @AndrewScheer can and will defeat the Liberals in 2019 #cdnpoli #cpc2018” — Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Twitter

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“CPC members set our policy and principles just has they have since 2003. And today we’re kicking off the largest convention in our Party’s history. This stunt isn’t about policy or principles, if it were Max would be here … debating. This is about one man’s ego.” — Steven Dollansky, national councillor for the Conservative Party of Canada.

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“This Conservative caucus is bigger than one. It’s many of us and we are united, we are ready.” — Conservative MP Lisa Raitt

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“This was a terrible error in judgment. You never win when you desert (and) trash talk. @AndrewScheer has the floor now (and) expecting the next 24 hrs will be positive for Scheer.” — Alise Mills, Conservative strategist, on Twitter

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“Proud to stand with leader Andrew Scheer for lower taxes, balanced budgets and free enterprise. Justin Trudeau is the most socialist Prime Minister in a generation. We can’t afford another four years.” — Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre on Twitter

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“When the centre-right, free-enterprise movement is united, we win. When it is divided, we lose. Look no further than what happened in Saskatchewan before the @SaskParty was formed, or what happened in Alberta in their last election.” — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe on Twitter

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“Hey #TeamTrudeau, greetings from BC, where the government you helped elect is working hard. Tune out all this Bernier noise. Let the CPC focus on itself. Stay focused on Canadians.” — Gerald Butts, principal secretary to Justin Trudeau, on Twitter

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“I have sympathy for Maxime Bernier’s frustrations on supply management. A better politician would have (won) that argument during the leadership, or found a way to turn his colleagues around in caucus. That he wasn’t able to do either says something.” — Andrew MacDougall, Harper’s former director of communications, on Twitter

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“@stephenharper worked hard to create and maintain unity on the right. That is a huge piece of his legacy. Maxime’s decision will not serve the movement well. We all know it: Liberals win when Conservatives are divided.” — Carl Vallee, Harper’s former press secretary, on Twitter

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“I have known @AndrewScheer for nearly two decades. He is one of the most principled, decent people I know. Today’s Conservative Party is a mainstream, democratic coalition that is ready to govern. One man’s ego must not risk the imperative of defeating the Trudeau government.” — Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party