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New poll finds while many want Andrew Scheer out as leader, most Tories don't

Last Updated Oct 30, 2019 at 10:38 am CDT

FILE - Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer makes his way to a media availability in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Monday, June 10, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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While 50 per cent of respondents to a new poll think Scheer should be booted, only a third of Tories agreed


Some frustrated Conservatives have been calling for Scheer's resignation, but a poll finds the majority don't want that


OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – It’s not just Conservative Party members wondering if leader Andrew Scheer should be shown the door.

A survey conducted by Main Street Research for iPolitics finds 50 per cent of voters believe Scheer should resign as Conservative leader after losing last week’s election to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.

Some frustrated Conservatives have been calling for resignation or to defeat Scheer at a leadership review in April, but the poll found party members aren’t as gung ho about giving him the boot.

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A little more than a third of those who identified as Conservative say they want him gone, despite recent headlines of senior Tories venting their frustrations.

University of Toronto political scientist Nelson Wiseman says in modern Canadian politics, the odds are against you.

“The leader of a major political party gets one kick at the can,” he says. “Look what happened to Stephane Dion. Look what happened to Michael Ignatieff.”

Liberals Dion and Ignatieff, as well as the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair, were all booted after their first election loss.