How Andrew Scheer's Conservative leadership fell apart - 2019-12-12
But Scheer's surprise announcement Thursday that he would step down came as several media outlets were chasing down a story about the embattled Conservative leader using party funds to subsidize his children's private school tuition.
Conservative Party Executive Director Dustin van Vugt confirmed Thursday that party donors "covered costs associated with moving (Scheer's) family from Regina to Ottawa," including a "differential in schooling costs" between the two cities. Van Vugt said "all proper procedures were followed and signed off on by the appropriate people."
But a Conservative source told the Star that the Conservative Fund's board did not know party money was being used to school the Scheer children, and were in the process of looking into the matter when Scheer announced his resignation.