After a summer of speculation, Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer has made it official; he is running in the Conservative Party leadership race.
He filed his papers Wednesday morning and says the reason he has entered his name is simple.
“I cannot let Justin Trudeau do to my children, what his father did to my generation,” Scheer told a crowd to applause at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa.
Scheer spent the summer traveling across the country holding a series of meetings to determine whether he had enough support to run.
A staunch conservative, he isn’t radically changing his view in appealing to members but does believe he can offer the party a new way forward.
“I believe in the free market and low taxes. I believe in strong families and a justice system that puts the rights of victims first,” Scheer stated.
“With a new leadership style, with an emphasis on offering a positive vision for the future of our country, we can connect with a broader audience and keep the faith with those who have supported us over the years.”
Scheer contends his experience as Speaker of the House of Commons will be an advantage.
“As Speaker I had to learn how to deal with people with other views and still remain good relationships with, so absolutely I do think that’s an asset.”
Scheer did some of his announcement in French.
He has been a Regina and area MP since 2004.
Micheal Chong is the only candidate who has declared, registered and paid the fee to run in the race.
Five others, including Scheer, have registered and four others are candidates who have simply declared their intentions.