Day to step down Dec. 12

Stockwell Day to step down as Alliance leader on Dec. 12.

Stockwell Day will step down as leader of the Canadian Alliance in two weeks.

The Alliance caucus decided on Wednesday morning that it will elect an interim leader on Dec. 12, CBC News has learned.

In July, Day promised to step down 90 days in advance of a leadership convention. That convention has been scheduled for late March.

Day has not yet said whether he will be a candidate in that race. He can delay that decision until the new year.

His leadership of the party came under attack last spring, when several party members, including stalwarts Deb Grey and Chuck Strahl left caucus and called for his resignation.

Several of those dissidents have joined the Tories in a parliamentary coalition, while others have returned to the Alliance fold.