The election is over and Justin Trudeau remains the Prime Minister of Canada (albeit with a minority government). While the Conservatives gained seats in Parliament, it was not enough to beat the incumbent Liberals. However, they remain the official opposition, and Andrew Scheer's Conservative leadership status will remain the same for the time being.
In a press conference held on October 22 in Regina, Andrew Scheer revealed that he has no plans to step down after losing.
"Yes, I am staying as leader of the party," Scheer said. "We obviously are very happy with the many aspects of the campaign."
Scheer continued by saying that the party wished they had won but point to the fact that they received the popular vote. "The Conservative movement remains exceptionally strong and motivated," Scheer said.
Scheer directed comments toward Saskatchewan and Alberta specifically, where the Conservatives gained power in every riding except one. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has already released a statement telling Justin Trudeau and the Liberals what the province wants from the government.
"I believe in Canada and I believe that this country can work for all Canadians and all provinces," Scheer said, "so my message to the people of Alberta and Saskatchewan is we hear you loud and clear. We will fight for you."
Alberta and Saskatchewan residents expressed their feelings of alienation on Twitter, where a discussion about western separation took place using the hashtag #wexit. Scheer remarked that under Trudeau, Canada was "more divided than ever."
"This was the first step in a process to replace Justin Trudeau's government ... we'll take the next few days to prepare the groundwork for the next campaign. We'll continue to prepare and fight for when the government falls," Scheer said.
On Twitter, there were calls for Scheer to resign after losing (something he said Trudeau would have to do if the Liberals lost the election). There had even been a report from the Globe and Mail that Scheer might be ousted as leader of the party if he didn't manage to lead the Conservatives to victory.
However, that didn't appear to be a factor during Scheer's press conference, where he said, "We are in great shape for the next election. This is just the first step."