May 28, 2017 / 12:28 AM / 3 months ago

Amid splits, Canada Conservatives elect leader to fight Trudeau

Maxime Bernier (L) greets Andrew Scheer during the Conservative Party of Canada leadership convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada May 27, 2017.Mark Blinch

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's official opposition Conservatives on Saturday chose a new leader to take them into a 2019 election against Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau but only after a fierce contest that revealed internal divisions.

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

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by James Dalgleish

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