OTTAWA — Federal conservatives will hold their first individual caucus meeting since the election on Tuesday, where the national caucus is expected to give itself the power to potentially oust Erin O’Toole.
It is one of four key votes which are expected to be in line with the party’s adherence to the Reform Act during the meeting. Conservative MP Michael Chong’s initiative went into effect in 2015, and is meant to empower the party caucus on Parliament Hill.
The Act sets out four powers that the caucuses can decide whether they wish to enact or not.
review and expulsion of the party leader;
the election of an interim leader;
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Caucus chair selection and review; And
Removal and re-entry of caucus members.
The vote to confer these powers must take place at the first post-election caucus meeting, but other parties must comply. rules Has not been consistent in the past.
If Conservative lawmakers and senators decide to wield the power for a leadership review tomorrow, the 20 percent caucus will need to sign a formal agreement to speed up the process, and then the caucus to remove the leader. majority would be required. A secret ballot process.
Tuesday’s meeting came amid ongoing internal Conservative Party disagreements over whether O’Toole should remain at the helm of the party after its defeat in the September 20 federal election. After promising to win seats across the country, the party is returning with as many MPs as it had before the vote.
In a statement to Granthshala.ca, Chelsea Tucker, a spokesperson for the Conservative leader, said, “Mr. O’Toole has always supported the provisions of the Reform Act and this is true. Caucus members are encouraged to vote. because they see fit.”
When the caucus met for the first time since Andrew Scheer’s 2019 election loss, lawmakers decided against voting to enact the power to oust him as party leader, albeit to step aside. Faced further pressure, and eventually resigned months later.