Ottawa, ON – “I have every confidence that Andrew Scheer will represent the Conservative Party well. He comes from Saskatchewan, which means that he understands what matters most to rural Canadians. That is a good thing for the people who live in rural Canada like we do in Haldimand-Norfolk,” said the Honourable Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk
After almost a year and a half, members of the Conservative Party casted their ballots and chose their new leader, Andrew Scheer, who will succeed former Prime Minister Stephen Harper as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
While many MPs were able to throw their support behind candidates, Finley had to remain neutral throughout the leadership campaign. As the caucus representative on the Leadership Election Organizing Committee, she helped craft the rules for the leadership race.
“I’ve always been involved behind the scenes on one campaign or another, so this was quite a different perspective. I had to keep my opinions to myself, and I think that I succeeded in doing that,” said Finley.
Conservatives selected their leader using a ranked ballot system. Members of the party listed as few as one and as many as 10 candidates in the order that they preferred. In order to become the new leader, a candidate had to receive more than 50% of the vote. Ballots were counted for 13 rounds until Scheer was named the new leader.
“Andrew has always been someone who can bring people together. I think he’s going to do an excellent job uniting the caucus, and keeping us focused on holding Liberal feet to the fire and holding them to one term,” said Finley.
Office of the Hon. Diane Finley