It took until the 13th ballot, but Saskatchewan area MP Andrew Scheer was named the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, on Saturday, May 27th.
With 51 per cent of the available points, Mr. Scheer prevailed over Quebec MP Maxime Bernier by a narrow margin.
“To all my fellow candidates, these past many months have seen us crisscross the entire country, making our pitches to Canadians. It has meant time away from your families and your everyday lives, what a sacrifice this has been for all of you. I respect each and every one of you and I thank you for what you have done for the party. We have all grown because of your hard work,” Mr. Scheer said in his speech to party members.
There were 13 candidates for the leadership, coming in to the convention on May 27th.
Local Durham MP Erin O’Toole was eliminated from contention on the 12th ballot, after picking up 21.26 per cent of the points.
“Congratulations to our [Conservative Party of Canada Leader] Andrew Scheer on an excellent campaign. Proud to be your wingman as we fight for Canada!,” Mr. O’Toole said, in a tweet following the results of the leadership race.
Before the votes were tallied on May 27th, each candidate had a chance to make a speech to the party, on Friday, May 26th.
“We need a strong and forward thinking leader who respects our grassroots and builds a strong team that includes all voices in all parts of the country,” Mr. O’Toole said in his speech.