Scheer to stay on as Conservative leader until April convention

By Cormac MacSweeney and the Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer emerged from a marathon meeting with his caucus Wednesday saying he’s staying on as party leader, at least until a leadership review at the party’s convention in April.

“The review as to the leadership of the Conservative party of Canada is and always will be with our members,” Sheer said. “We are a grassroots party. Those individuals, those 100,000 plus members of our party will make that determination. That is the strength of our party.”

This came after Conservative MPs voted against giving themselves the power to kick Scheer out as leader of the party.

The question of Scheer’s leadership will be answered in April at the bi-annual party convention.

Scheer announced that former Tory cabinet member John Baird will conduct a full, external party review, in the wake of what’s considered a disappointing election result for the party, who couldn’t stop Justin Trudeau’s Liberals from forming a minority government.

“Nobody is more disappointed with tin the results than me. And nobody is more eager to get it right next time,” he said. “Our team is united, experienced and focused on the job we were elected to do.”

He said the party has no plans of changing their positions on climate change and gay marriage but recognizes it does need to improve communication.

“We need to do a better job communicating on several issues. We had a very frank and open and honest discussion about that,” he said after the seven-hour meeting with the 121 elected Tory MPs.

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