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Scheer appoints Conservative deputy leader, simultaneously faces pressure to step down

Andrew Scheer has unveiled his new leadership team for the upcoming minority parliament and has named his deputy leader, but the announcement was overshadowed by growing calls from within his party for Scheer to step down.
Summary

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has no intention of leaving his post despite the increasing pressure to oust him


The leader says he will stay on to fight the fight, and is calling for unity within his party


OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Andrew Scheer is vowing to stay on as Conservative leader, despite growing calls for his resignation.

On Thursday, Scheer unveiled his new leadership team for the upcoming minority parliament and has named former Liberal Member of Parliament Leona Alleslev as his deputy leader.

Although, the announcement was overshadowed by the growing calls from within his party for Scheer to step down after losing the election.

When asked about the pressure for him to step down, Scheer told reporters he has no plans to leave his post.

“I am staying on to fight the fight Canadians elected us to do,” he said. “Now is not the time for internal divisions, or internal party politics.”

He added if his caucus were to fight amongst themselves, they would be giving Justin Trudeau a free pass in the next election.

Scheer noted he is willing to make the necessary improvements to strengthen his party.

He has recently removed some key advisors from his team in the wake of his party’s recent election loss.

He announced his Chief of Staff Marc-Andre Leclerc and Communications Director Brock Harrison had been let go, and Martin Belanger and Simon Jefferies would replace them as them interim respectively.

Scheer said he will be seeking another mandate at the mandatory leadership review he faces in April, but refused to say how much support he needs to stay in the job.