Leader of the Canadian opposition Conservative Party, Andrew Scheer, said Thursday that he will resign as party leader, decision of Andrew Scheer comes just a few weeks after he lost in the last federal election.
Scheer described – according to the American network ABC News today – this step “one of the most difficult decisions he made in his life.”
Source indicated that Scheer will remain in office until the election of a new party leader.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in Canada’s October elections despite losing the majority in Parliament. It was an unexpectedly strong result following a series of scandals that tarnished his image as a liberal icon.
Scheer had its own missteps in the election campaign, including late news that he was trying to renounce his previously-unreported U.S. citizenship and confusing messaging regarding the party’s stance on abortion.
Though Scheer’s Conservative Party didn’t win control of Parliament, it did win the national popular vote of 34.4% compared with the Liberal Party’s 33.1%. It also won all the seats in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Andrew Scheer has spent most of his adult life in Parliament, having been elected in 2004 when he was 25. He will continue as a Member of Parliament representing a district in Saskatchewan.
Earlier, Scheer’s remarks were an attempt to calm the mood among Conservative Party members who believe they have lost the easiest election they could win after a series of problems and crises suffered by the Liberal Party leader and prime minister, Justin Trudeau.
Canadian Conservative lawmaker and former minister Ed Fast said he had rejected a place in Andrew Scheer’s shadow government, saying the party leader needed to be surrounded by people who fully supported him.