SCHEER VOWS TO STAY ON, NAMES FORMER LIBERAL MP AS DEPUTY CONSERVATIVE LEADER
Nov 28, 2019
By Bob Komsic
Despite considerable party infighting over his future as leader, Andrew Scheer vows he will stay on.
He also named Auroa-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill MP Leona Alleslev, who crossed the floor from the Liberals last year, to replace Lisa Raitt as deputy leader.
But the announcement of his shadow cabinet was overshadowed by questions of how he can remain leader when he has knives in his back.
”I’m staying on to fight the fight that Canadians elected us to do. Now is not the time for internal divisions or internal party politics,” said Scheer.
”That is an unfortunate part of the Conservative tradition in this country, but it is essential that we stay focused on the task at hand. So I will be making the case to our members that we need to stay united and stay focused and I will be seeking a mandate to do that in April,” he added.
Two recently launched campaigns are attempting to galvanize grassroots support in the hopes of forcing Scheer to step aside soon or to lose the leadership review in the spring.