Andrew Scheer Wins Conservative Leadership on Final Ballot
Prince George, B.C. – The members of the Conservative Party of Canada have elected a new leader to replace Stephen Harper and lead them into the 2019 federal election. The MP for the Saskatchewan riding of Regina-QU’Appelle, 38-year-old Andrew Scheer, was elected leader Saturday at the party’s leadership convention in Toronto.
In a protracted process which carried over thirteen ballots, Scheer won with 50.95% support from the 141,362 party members who voted. There were 259,010 members who were eligible to vote. Beauce, Quebec MP Maxime Bernier, after leading from ballot one through twelve, finished second with 49.05% in a last-ballot stunner. Scheer had held second place throughout.
There were 14 names on the ballot as former candidate Kevin O’Leary withdrew from the race too late to have his name removed. O’Leary didn’t make it past the first ballot in any event.
Scheer, a pro-life social conservative, was first elected in 2004 and, at 32 years old, became the youngest ever Speaker of the House, serving in that capacity from 2011 to 2015.
54-year-old Bernier has represented the riding of Beauce since 2006. The free market libertarian served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Industry under Harper.
There were two female candidates in the leadership race, Simcoe-Grey MP Kellie Leitch and Milton, Ontario MP Lisa Raitt.