With several MP’s and Conservative senators at his side including former agriculture minister Gerry Ritz, Denise Batters and Tom Lukiwski at his side, Regina Qu’Appelle MP Andrew Scheer announced Wednesday morning he will seek the leadership of the party.
The former Speaker of the House and Conservative House Leader has spent the last few months garnering support.
He says he believes in “fundamental Conservative values”, and can keep the party united.
His campaign slogan is “Real Conservative, Real Leader”
Many in the Conservative party feel Scheer has the qualities to replace Stephen Harper as leader as he is young(37), is bilingual, and doesn’t carry baggage from Harper’s days because of his role as Speaker.
Scheer is the 6th person to officially enter the race with more expected.
Conservatives will select a new leader in May 2017.