Conservative caucus members vote to give themselves power to remove leader, but Erin O’Toole says he has support to stay on

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Erin O’Toole says she has enough support from her caucus to keep her job, even as her elected caucus members voted on Tuesday to give her the power to oust her as leader. and one MP advocated for fast voting for party membership. The future of Mr O’Toole.

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Prior to the first meeting of Conservative senators and members of parliament since the party’s defeat in the September 20 federal election, Mr O’Toole urged lawmakers to give themselves the power to boot them and urged them to follow their advice. decided. A person who was at Tuesday’s meeting in Ottawa.

The Granthshala provided privacy to the individual as they were not allowed to disclose what happened at the closed-door gathering.

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Following the party’s 2019 electoral loss, lawmakers did not give themselves the power to remove their leaders, but Andrew Scheer eventually resigned within two months after initially trying to stay on. To trigger a leadership vote within the caucus, 20 percent of lawmakers must request a review of the leadership via a public letter, with the caucus chair ordering a secret ballot among Conservative lawmakers.

Tuesday’s meeting was Mr O’Toole’s first major test since the party’s defeat. He faced some discontent from the caucus after his party lost the election, but it is not clear how deep the frustration runs among Conservative MPs. Most of the people who stopped to talk to reporters said they supported him but many others did not answer questions on their way to the meeting.

Mr O’Toole was expected to make the case in his caucus as to why he should remain as leader after the Conservatives lost two seats in the House of Commons, and slipped to the suburbs, where Mr. Toll had said that he would be. able to increase party base

Despite the disappointment, Mr O’Toole told reporters he had “absolutely” support to stay on as leader.

“We’re all disappointed, none more so than me. But we have to make sure we build on the gains we’re getting. Know where we’ve been, that’s what a team does, that’s what a family does when You despair,” said Mr. O’Toole.

Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s third consecutive federal election victory, the conservative leader said Mr Trudeau had “we have more lessons to learn but we are going to talk about our lessons today.”

Several members of Mr O’Toole’s shadow cabinet attended the caucus meeting and expressed strong support for his stay.

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Alberta MP Michelle Rampel Garner, Ontario MP Karen Vecchio and BC MP Ed Fast all supported their leader. Mr. Fast noted that before the election most people thought a government with a moderate majority would win and Ms. Vecchio said she believed the stories about leadership dissent would end soon.

“I’m 100 percent behind Erin and I think at the end of the day the story will go away by 12 o’clock,” she said.

But newly-elected Ontario MP Leslyn Lewis, who finished second behind Mr O’Toole in the 2020 leadership race, declined to share her thoughts on Mr O’Toole’s tenure before the meeting, as did Ontario MP Michael Barrett did. The party’s constitution requires grassroots members of the party to vote on a leadership review after each electoral defeat, and Mr Barrett said Mr O’Toole’s decision would be left to them. However, he also said that he wants the caucus to give himself the power to remove Mr. O’Toole.

“I look forward to hearing the details of the review they have planned today and it will be up to them to demonstrate that the lesson the caucus conveys today is that they learned before moving on to another election. go,” Mr. Barrett said.

Of the lawmakers who spoke to reporters before the meeting, Alberta MP Shannon Stubbs was the most important of the Conservatives’ election campaign. She said she wants the party to allow members to vote on Mr O’Toole’s future within six months rather than wait until the 2023 convention.

“I have lost three great colleagues in Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta, of course I am not happy,” Ms Stubbs said before leaving for the meeting.

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She wants the party to “account for the serious damage done to GTA, Metro Vancouver.”

“The reality is that today, after the 2021 election, Conservatives are more rural, more homogeneous than before,” Ms Stubbs said.

After the election Mr O’Toole said the party would conduct a full review of the campaign. Ms Stubbs said she wants lawmakers to have full details of the review, including who is running the evaluation, and what its scope will be.

Ms Stubbs won her Lakeland by riding in a landslide with 69.4 percent of the vote. The People’s Party of Canada candidate came second with 11.1 percent of the vote, followed by the NDP candidate with 10.5 percent. Despite that win, Ms Stubbs took issue with her result as she said she won in 2019 and 2015 by a large margin of victory.

“What I want to hear from the leader is a clear account of why we lost seats in the areas we needed to win; Why we lost able-bodied conservatives in urban areas; And I want to hear a clear roadmap of how we’re going to win those areas based on Conservative values, because the Conservatives should be campaigning as Conservatives,” said Ms. Stubbs.


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