Scheer faces more criticism as Conservative caucus reminded of new rules that could trigger a leadership review - 2019-10-30
In an email sent to all MPs and obtained by the Star on Wednesday, Conservative MP Michael Chong reminded his parliamentary colleagues of the "legal obligations" of each caucus to vote at its first meeting on a number of questions of protocol, including what powers it has for ousting its leader. The first Conservative caucus meeting will be held Nov. 6 in Ottawa.
Chong spearheaded parliamentary reforms in 2015 that allow every caucus to, among other things, empower itself to oust the party leader. If Conservatives decide to do so, a leadership review could be triggered if 20 per cent of all Conservative MPs and senators call for it. In other words, should the caucus choose to adopt the new rules and then 30 members vote for a leadership review, a secret ballot vote would be held on whether Scheer can continue as leader.
Multiple calls and messages to Chong were not returned Wednesday. But one Conservative source said it is unlikely caucus will move to oust Scheer, despite the mounting political pressure on the Conservative leader after last week's disappointing election results.