Canada's Conservative Party leader resigns after election loss & claims of misused party funds
The decision was announced by Scheer himself on Thursday shortly before he delivered a resignation speech in the House of Commons.
In a tweet, he said "this was the most difficult decision I have ever had to make," adding that he decided to put the “party first and my family first.”
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
Scheer’s abrupt resignation comes amid accusations he misused party funds to pay for his children’s private schooling. The allegations were reported by Canadian media shortly before the politician’s resignation was confirmed.
#CPC sources tell Global News that members of the Conservative Fund are outraged and demanded Scheer's resignation when they found out party money was being spent on private schooling. Sources say the expenditures were made without the knowledge or approval of the Fund #cdnpoli— Mercedes Stephenson (@MercedesGlobal) December 12, 2019
While it remains unclear if the claims are true, Scheer has faced mounting pressure and tensions within the party in recent weeks, following the October federal elections.
Despite a significant seat gain, and actually winning the popular vote, the Conservative Party failed to beat Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, leaving them, however, with a minority government.
The disappointing election loss was blamed on Scheer personally, as many claimed the Conservatives could have won under a different – less Conservative – leader. Scheer is opposed to abortion and has refused to partake in Pride marches, and such views might have cost the Tories votes in Canada’s major urban areas.Also on rt.com Lack of alternatives, broken electoral system delivers ‘win’ for Trudeau
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