Andrew Scheer rises on point of personal privilege in the House of Commons to announce that he is stepping down as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. He will remain as leader until a successor is chosen. He also plans to stay on as the MP for the Saskatchewan riding of Regina-Qu’Appelle, which he has represented since being elected in 2004. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh pay tribute after Scheer’s remarks.
Scheer’s resignation comes amid revelations party funds were used to partly pay for his children’s private school tuition. His leadership has been under scrutiny in the wake of the October 21 federal election, and he was facing a mandatory leadership review at the party’s biennial convention next April. (December 12, 2019)