The Andrew Scheer era is all but over. He has ordered an immediate process to replace himself as Conservative leader, but plans to stay on as a Saskatchewan MP. Scheer says as they chart the course ahead, the party and the Conservative movement need someone who can give 100 per cent to the effort and he feels it is time to put his family first.
Andrew Scheer says stepping down as Conservative leader is not a decision he came to lightly.
On Thursday, December 12th Scheer told the House of Commons that leading his party has been the honour of his life but he could not commit to giving the Conservatives 100 per cent any longer.
Red Deer-Mountain View MP Earl Dreeshen reacted to Scheer's resignation as Conservative leader.
Dreeshen was shocked by the announcement and says the Conservatives are now moving into a period of transition.
Scheer's decision comes less than two months after a disappointing election result that generated weeks of Conservative infighting about whether he should continue to lead the party.
Meanwhile, a Conservative party official says it was all above board, but others are not so happy to learn that the party used its funds to help pay for private school for the children of Leader Andrew Scheer.
The executive director of the federal Conservative party, Dustin van Vugt, has told The Canadian Press the party had helped Scheer with the differential in schooling between Regina, where Scheer's family moved from, and Ottawa.
He says ``all proper procedures were followed.''
However, Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais, says the money must be paid back.
Federal N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh says in the end it's up to the Conservative party to decide.
(Contains content from The Canadian Press)