Andrew Scheer is resigning as the Conservative leader, but will stay on until a replacement is named.
Scheer is speaking in the House of Commons about what he has called “one of the most difficult decisions” he has made, after meeting with his caucus on Parliament Hill on Thursday morning.
Because of the disappointing election loss for the party, Scheer was set to face a mandatory leadership review at the party convention in April, but in recent weeks there was mounting pressure from party insiders for Scheer to step aside sooner.
From not making gains in key electoral grounds like Ontario and Quebec, to his personal stance on social issues like same-sex marriage and abortion, Scheer was dogged with criticism that he would not be able to beat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the next election.
Since the election, Scheer had embarked on a cross-Canada listening tour, fired some senior staff members, and has been awaiting a report from former Conservative cabinet minister John Baird who he tasked with conducting a Conservative campaign post-mortem.
More to come…