Little-known former House of Commons speaker, 38, edges out former foreign minister Maxime Bernier in fierce contest to become party leader

Canada’s official opposition Conservatives on Saturday chose a little-known, 38-year-old leader to fight a 2019 election against Justin Trudeau, the Liberal prime minister, but only after a fierce contest that revealed internal divisions.

On the 13th and final round of balloting, many more than political observers predicted, former House of Commons speaker Andrew Scheer edged out ex-foreign minister and favourite Maxime Bernier by 51%t to 49%.

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