The MP for Perth-Wellington says Tory leader Andrew Scheer’s¬†announcement that he is stepping down from the top job was a bit of a surprise.

Scheer made the announcement Thursday in the House of Commons but added that he will be staying on as MP for his Regina riding.

John Nater says he respects Scheer’s decision to step down following an election where the Conservatives failed to unseat Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his party.

Nater says the election results weren’t what the party was looking for.

“I think after the last election there was a lot of people, myself included, who were disappointed with the results, a lot of us thought that this was a great opportunity for us to change the government, to form a new Conservative government, and that didn’t happen.”

Among the favourites to replace Scheer as party leader are Peter Mackay, Erin O’Toole and Rona Ambrose.