“Serving as the leader of the party that I love so much has been the opportunity and the challenge of a lifetime,” he said.
“This party, this movement, needs someone who can give 100 per cent, This was not a decision I came to lightly, this is a decision I came to after many long hard conversations with friends and family.” Scheer’s wife, Jill, was in the gallery watching.
Scheer said he was proud of his time as leader, noting there are more Conservative MPs than there were before the Oct. 21 election.
“We kept our party united and strong,” he said. “We knocked the Liberals down to a minority. We increased seats all over this country.”