Canada’s Conservatives to pick new leader in June

The Conservatives denied Justin Trudeau’s Liberals an absolute majority in the House of Commons in October. (AFP pic)

MONTREAL: Canada’s Conservative party announced Friday that it will choose a new leader on Jun 27 following Andrew Scheer’s surprise resignation.

“We have an obligation as the opposition party to be ready as quick as we can and this quickness puts us in that position,” party official Dan Nowlan told CBC, indicating the vote would take place in Toronto.

In October legislative elections, the Conservatives won 121 seats, 26 more than they had in the last legislature. This helped deny Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals an absolute majority in the House of Commons.

Scheer, whose leadership has been contested since his defeat in the legislative elections, announced his resignation on Dec 12.

It came on the heels of an internal report on the results of the legislative campaign.

It also happened the day Global News revealed that the Conservative party had paid part of the tuition fees for Scheer’s children at a private school in Ottawa.

Scheer has led the conservative party since May 2017.