Andrew Scheer resigns as Conservative leader

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In the UK House of Commons, Andrew Scheer, while reflecting upon his decision said that it was "one of the most hard decisions I have ever made".

Andrew Scheer has stepped down as leader of the federal Conservative party.

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.

Bernier, who left the Conservative Party to form the People's Party of Canada, said in a tweet there was "zero chance" that he will run again for the party leadership.

Scheer had been sitting down with Conservative members and its more senior figures in recent weeks, on a "listening tour" launched after the election to review its hits and misses.

I have just informed my colleagues in the Conservative caucus that I will be resigning as the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Mr Scheer has served in federal politics since 2004 since being elected to the House of Commons at age 25.

"I'm sure there'll be a wide variety of people come forward and put their name into that race, and I've got some thinking to do, but certainly I would take it under consideration".

"That's been done by Andrew Scheer, but it's also been done but the 120 other of us in caucus".

"If the prime minister won't mind a little bit of good-natured ribbing", Scheer started.

Brantford-Brant MP Phil McColeman has mixed emotions about his party leader's decision to step down. In many ways, I grew up in this chamber, but some might say I have not yet grown up.

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Scheer tried to stem the negative appraisals, firing his two top aides soon after the election.

Scheer thanked his campaign donors, volunteers, followers and everyone who voted for his party across the country.

A few cobbled together an effort to try to save him, among them Ontario MP Michael Barrett, expressing frustration that some of the backlash to Scheer had been coming from those who'd actively worked against him before he won the party leadership.

The Canadian Press reports, "His resignation comes as a direct result of new revelations that he was using Conservative Party money to pay for his children's private schooling, according to Conservative sources who spoke with Global News".

"He always respected me in my decisions, and he gave me so many opportunities", Bergen said in an interview. He will stay on in the position until a new leader is elected.

After the ballots were counted, former Conservative foreign minister Peter MacKay characterized Scheer´s failure to capitalize as "like having a breakaway on an open net and missing the net".

While he didn't comment specifically on Thursday about whether he thought Scheer's values ultimately led to his decision to resign, he did say the next leader needs to be absolutely transparent about where they stand on these types of issues. He was widely panned after a debate when Trudeau grilled Scheer about his stance on abortion and the Conservative refused to answer.

I am proud of what we have accomplished during my time as leader.

While Scheer did "pretty good work" as leader, "obviously I think he could have had a better performance in this campaign", Trelford said.

He will stay on as leader until a new one is picked.

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