Andrew Scheer: resignation on a background of controversy

Andrew Scheer: démission sur fond de controverse

Andrew Scheer, confirmed Thursday that he will relinquish his position when his successor will be chosen by the members of the PCC.

December 12, 2019 12h01

Updated at 22h03

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Andrew Scheer: resignation on a background of controversy

Catherine Lévesque

The canadian Press

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OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer announces that he will step down from the leadership of the conservative Party of Canada, at the same time, where allegations about the use of the funds of the party for the benefit of his family surface.

The director of the conservative Party, Dustin van Vugt, has confirmed that he has himself offered to Mr. Scheer to repay some personal expenses after his election as chief in 2017 which is part of the school fees for the private school her children.

“We had a meeting in which I made the standard offer to cover the costs associated with the move of her family from Regina to Ottawa. This includes the difference in tuition fees between Regina and Ottawa,” said Mr. van Vugt, who ensures that “all the appropriate procedures have been complied with and authorized by responsible officers”.

The situation remains “unacceptable” for the honourable senator Jean-Guy Dagenais, who has left the conservative caucus to sit with a new group of senators independent.

“As for me, when I contribute to the party is to support candidates during an election and help the party win the election”, has criticized Mr. Dagenais, who requested that Mr. Scheer to furnish the money in the coffers of the party.

The mna Gérard Deltell would like for its part to have explanations. “Like everyone else, I’ve learned this morning. So this is the kind of thing you prefer to know before and during, because the after is not always enjoyable,” he said.

Only a few leaders have been made aware in 2017 this arrangement, which would have resurfaced in the last few days, according to our information.

“If it comes out today and that he resigned today, I guess it may be one of the drops that made the vase overflow”, offered by way of explanation the conservative senator Claude Carignan.

The entourage of Mr. Scheer provides, however, that she has not rushed her decision-making regarding its future. “It has nothing to do with his decision”, said the mp of alberta Chris Warkentin, who acts as a coordinator of the conservative caucus.

Mr. van Vugt argues that Mr. Scheer has taken the decision to resign “after weeks of long discussions and difficult with his friends, and his family.” He began to inform his staff of his departure earlier this week and announced it at the end of a caucus special focus on the new NAFTA Thursday morning.

The grumbling in the place of Mr. Scheer had continued to intensify since the defeat of his party in the elections of 21 October. It has been openly criticized by members of his caucus and former candidate, who felt that he was not the man to lead them to victory in the next elections.

Critics have been particularly virulent in Quebec where the defeated candidates have especially criticized the chief conservative positions on abortion and gay marriage.

Mr. Scheer has delegated to the former minister, John Baird, the task of shedding light on the reasons for the defeat of a conservative. Mr. Baird has met with the members of the Quebec caucus on Tuesday, and those of the regional caucuses of the maritimes on Wednesday.

The former minister has confirmed in a tweet that his work is not yet completed.

“My mandate is to share with the conservatives continues, including this week. I’m looking forward to write and then submit my report when it is complete. I hope that it will help the next campaign of our party and will advise anyone of the members of the CCP will choose to become a chef,” he writes.

In post until the selection of a successor

Mr. Scheer confirmed on Thursday afternoon that he will relinquish his position when his successor will be chosen by members, instead of being replaced by an acting head.

His choice was endorsed by the deputies during a meeting of the caucus in the early evening.

Mr. Scheer explained that it is the “hardest decision” he had to take, but said he wants to focus on her family first.

He says he wants to ensure that the person to his or her successor will have the necessary support from the caucus to lead the conservatives to victory. It is going to ask the administration of the party to start the process of a leadership race to replace now.

It also has a message for all his colleagues for the following things : “Remain united.”

Mr. Scheer intends to remain member of parliament for the constituency of Regina-Qu’appelle, Saskatchewan, in a “close future”, not indicating whether he will complete his mandate.

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OVERVIEW OF THE PARLIAMENTARY CAREER Of ANDREW SCHEER

28 June 2004: Mr. Scheer is elected, at the age of 25 years, member of parliament for Regina-Qu’appelle, Saskatchewan. A native of Ottawa, he completed his undergraduate studies in the Prairie province. The member will then be re-elected without a break in the five elections following.

June 2, 2011: at the age of 32 years old, he became the youngest president of the House of commons in canadian history.

September 13, 2016: Mr. Scheer abandons his position as leader of the conservative opposition in the Room while he is preparing to enter the race for the party leadership.

September 28, 2016: he officially registered his documents of candidacy, becoming the sixth aspiring official.

May 27, 2017: Mr. Scheer became leader of the conservative Party, beating narrowly Maxime Bernier was elected with 50,95 % of the vote after 13 rounds of voting.

October 21, 2019: the conservatives increase their number of seats, but they fail to form the government. Mr. Scheer speaks of “victory token”, but the conservatives call for his resignation. The chief insists that he will remain in office until the mandatory review of his leadership, scheduled for April 2020.

December 12, 2019: Mr. Scheer announces his resignation, claiming that the party “needs someone who can give everything he has” and that “the person who will succeed him will have to be able to count on the necessary support of caucus to lead the conservatives to victory”. He will remain leader until he chooses a successor.

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