On Wednesday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announced that he will be stepping down from his position in the party.
“As our party embarks on this exciting opportunity, electing a new Conservative leader and Canada’s next prime minister, I intend to stay on as leader of the party and the official opposition,” Scheer said in the House of Commons. “Serving as leader of the party I love so much has been the opportunity and challenge of a lifetime, and this is not a decision I came to lightly.”
This follows the party’s loss in the federal election earlier this year, that saw Prime Minister Justin Trudeau win a second term, this time with a minority government.
Scheer was elected party leader in May 2017, narrowly beating out Maxime Bernier for the position.
This was the most difficult decision I have ever had to make. I have announced my intention to step down as the Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada once a new Leader is elected. I am putting my party first and my family first. WATCH LIVE: https://t.co/BEjBQ7DI3d— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) December 12, 2019
The Conservatives have faced challenges since the October election, including statements that the party did not meet expectations.
“After some conversations with my kids, my loved ones, I felt it was time to put my family first,” Scheer said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also commented on the announcement in the House of Commons, following Scheer’s statement.
“I want to thank him deeply for his service to Canada on behalf of all Canadians, on behalf on all Liberals, and I know there are many more conversations to have,” Trudeau said.
Following his election defeat, Yahoo Canada asked readers if Scheer should resign following his election defeat. The results found that the majority of respondents, 53 per cent, believed he should remain in his position as party leader.
Canadians have now taken to social media to share their thoughts on Conservative leader stepping down.
I know that all the experts will be on talking about the why’s of Andrew Scheer’s decision. Then the experts will slaughter him because most experts are looking for attention. I personally wish this fine man all the best.— New & Improved (@NewImproved9) December 12, 2019
Hey politicians who are all hugging and well-wishing Andrew Scheer, remember when he:— Kevin Jagernauth (@jag24fps) December 12, 2019
- opposed same-sex marriage in the House of Commons
- opposed a gender neutral national anthem
- gave Rebel Media legitmacy
- voted against a motion condemning systemic racism
etc etc etc
Lets give credit where credit is due! Andrew Scheer stepped away, he's gone. Nothing more need be said! More than ever this party needs a rock solid, no nonsense leader!https://t.co/rs4SgnNkOY— Ben Eby (@eby_ben) December 12, 2019
So Andrew Scheer announces he will resign and now everyone wants to talk about how kind and genuine he is. 🤦🏻♀️ How Canadian.— Victoria C. 🇨🇦🤶🏻 (@fortyMomma) December 12, 2019
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