More than a year after losing the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer announced he will run for his old job again, saying he would not let another party leader hold the party “hostage” for 11 months.
“Conservatives can’t be held hostage any longer,” the Opposition Leader said at a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday. “It’s been 11 months, and the people who wanted to see a three-month delay … have only themselves to blame.”
Senator Doug Finley, the senior campaign manager for Mr. Scheer’s election campaign in 2015, told The Canadian Press he was not surprised that Mr. Scheer has chosen to re-enter the race. The pledge to ask voters to take another look at him is reportedly in response to frustrations with the leader, who lost to then-interim leader Rona Ambrose after a long feud with other Conservative party members.
As Conservative member of Parliament Erin O’Toole trails Mr. Scheer in a recent poll, some have questioned whether he has what it takes to regain the leadership of his party. Mr. O’Toole, who was appointed to his current position as Conservative deputy leader last June, did not rule out the possibility of jumping into the leadership race on Wednesday, speaking of the “rift in our party.” “It is an open question at this point,” he told The Canadian Press.
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