andrew scheer

Andrew Scheer says he won't resign even though many think he should

Andrew Scheer announced that he will remain the leader of the Conservative Party a day after losing the election to Justin Trudeau's Liberals

"I am staying on as the leader of the party," said Scheer at a press conference in Regina. "This was the first step in the process to replace Justin Trudeau's government."

Scheer's Conservatives won 121 seats this election, earning 22 more than they did in 2015. However, the result was a disappointment for Scheer, who predicted a Conservative majority.

Scheer repeatedly stated that the Conservatives did win the popular vote with 34.4 per cent, which materially means as much as it did for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US election. 

Scheer also addressed the anger of many in Western Canada, a region that overwhelmingly voted for the Tories. A seething separatist sentiment emerged on social media last night, with people in Alberta and Saskatchewan calling for their provinces to secede from Canada.  

"We will fight for you," Scheer said when asked about the so-called Wexit movement. He added that the Liberals need to stop "attacking the energy sector."

During the campaign, Scheer called out Trudeau for various scandals, including his handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair and multiple photos of the Prime Minister in blackface. For these reasons and others, Scheer said Trudeau did not deserve to be Prime Minister. 

Scheer was asked how he did not unseat a scandal-ridden Trudeau, but did not directly address the question. He said that pundits had predicted multiple consecutive majorities for the Liberals in 2015, and yesterday's result proved that they are getting closer to taking the Liberals down.

Lead photo by

CPAC


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in News

Someone is setting fire to toilet paper at Walmart stores in Canada

Trudeau suggests Easter-style candy hunt instead of trick-or-treating for Halloween

Garbage truck full of weed caught trying to sneak over Canada-U.S. border

A rare white blue jay was spotted in Canada

Redneck dance cubes removed from Saskatoon bar after COVID-19 infections

Landlord in Canada told they can't evict tenants for making critical posts on social media

Canadians set record with giant pumpkin that weighs almost 2,000 pounds

Justin Trudeau halts press conference for discussion on Indigenous issues