Andrew Scheer steps down as Conservative leader, urges party to ‘stay united’

Andrew Scheer ended weeks of speculation on his future Thursday, announcing he will step down as Conservative leader.Scheer announced his decision at a surprise caucus meeting before heading into the House of Commons to deliver a seven-minute speech ending his quest to one day become prime minister.The Conservative benches were unusually full for what had been expected to be routine debate on...

Scheer pushes back against ‘naysayers’ attacking his leadership in speech to conservative gathering

CALGARY — Andrew Scheer, facing growing criticism from within the ranks of his federal Conservative party, delivered a speech before a friendly crowd Friday night in Calgary as he pushed back against those in the party calling for his resignation after failing to win last month’s federal election. At the annual convention of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, the federal Conservative...

Media coverage about Andrew Scheer’s faith hurt him with voters: Angus Reid poll

A month after an election campaign that was uniquely focused on the religious views of Andrew Scheer, a new poll shows just how negatively the electorate viewed his Catholic faith.Among voters who knew he was a Catholic, 51% said the Conservative leader’s personal faith had a negative impact on their opinion of him.The poll from the Angus Reid Institute comes after an election campaign where...

Conservative Leader Scheer dismisses two top staff in wake of election loss

Federal Conservative party Leader Andrew Scheer dismissed two of his top aides on Saturday as he and his party grapple with the fallout of what many see as a disappointing performance in last month’s election.Scheer announced the changes in a morning letter to caucus, saying chief of staff Marc-Andre Leclerc and communications director Brock Harrison have been relieved of their duties...