Reflection on Andrew Scheer’s leadership

I’ve been reflecting on Andrew Scheer’s announcement to step down as leader of the Conservative Party over the past couple of days. I was surprised and saddened to learn of his decision to resign, and I certainly wish him, Jill and his family all the best.

I’ve always wholeheartedly supported one of the principal elements of the Conservative Party by allowing the grassroots and our membership to have a say when it comes to policy, constitutional items and, of course, the leadership of the party. We will embark on the leadership race soon but over the course of the process, I welcome your thoughts and ideas on how we can continue to make the Conservative Party of Canada even stronger and ready to form government in the next election.

It was under Andrew’s leadership that our party made great gains in the recent federal election. More Canadians voted for the Conservative Party than any other party. More Members of Parliament were elected in 2019 than in 2015, forming one of the strongest Official Oppositions in Canadian history. And, just recently, we won the first vote in the House of Commons during the 43rd Parliament. We’ve held the Liberals to account, we’ve put them on notice that they can’t govern like they have a majority. We will continue to do that.

I thank Andrew for his leadership over the past two years. I’ve sent along my best wishes for him and Jill as they focus on their family.