Conservative leader Erin O’Toole disappointed in party’s results, plans to launch review of electoral strategy

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Erin O’Toole said she is disappointed with the Conservative Party’s performance in the federal election and is launching A review of the Tory’s electoral strategy.

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Mr O’Toole, who launched his first campaign as party leader, told a news conference on Tuesday that the details of the review were being finalised. He said it would involve participants from all walks of life, and it would look into what went right and what went wrong, as well as how the party could do better in the next election.

Mr O’Toole said, “While we did not get the results we expected, I am proud of our team for keeping the Liberals in the minority in this pandemic election.”

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Erin O’Toole and the Conservative Party are up for an ugly war over their shift to the left

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As of Tuesday, the Liberals were leading or elected in 158 ridings – 12 seats short of the 170 needed to form a majority government. This means he would need the support of one of the three main opposition parties to win votes on bills and resolutions in the House of Commons.

The Conservatives were leading or were elected in 119 ridings, two fewer than the party won in the 2019 election under former leader Andrew Scheer.

Mr O’Toole said the good news for conservatives is that as a result of the election, the party has found new members across the country. He said his party did not win in 30 ridings on Monday, coming within 2,000 votes of the Liberals.

But the Conservative leader did not directly answer questions about whether he would initiate a leadership review, or about why he was qualified to continue leading the Conservatives.

“I will continue to work tirelessly with our caucus, campaign team and party members to build the support we need in key areas of the country such as the Greater Toronto Area, Metro Vancouver and Quebec,” he said.

Mark Strahl, Conservative MP for Chilliwack-Hope in British Columbia, who was re-elected to a fourth term on Monday, said on Twitter that the party “lost a solid, diverse group of lawmakers” on election night.

“We need to determine why we lost major ground in GTA and Metro Vancouver. We owe it [to] To our party volunteers, donors, members and workers to scrutinize every aspect of the campaign seriously,” he wrote.

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Former Conservative leadership contender Marilyn Gladu, who was re-elected as an MP for the Ontario ride of Sarnia-Lambton, said in an interview that she believed the far-right People’s Party of Canada The Tory vote is divided, and his party must act. So that that result can be avoided in the next election.

She said conservatives were impressed by Mr O’Toole’s performances on stage and debate, and she supports him to remain as leader.

“Nobody is hungry for a leadership review or a leadership race right now,” she said.

Mr O’Toole cast himself as a “true blue” conservative during his successful run for Conservative leadership in 2020. but, Moving into this year’s election campaign, she presented herself as a moderate, with pro-election views on abortion and a friendly relationship with the LGBTQ community.

He broke with conservative tradition by promising to put a price on carbon emissions. And, despite repeated opportunities to do so, he never explicitly ruled out the possibility of placing a liberal carbon tax in provinces and territories if the Conservatives were to form the government.

“We are no longer your father’s Conservative party,” he said on several occasions.

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Still, Mr O’Toole’s detractors found opportunities to portray him as a staunch conservative on the campaign path. He struggled at times to explain his position on issues such as gun control, which he supported loosening, and the vaccine mandate, which he said should be allowed to repeatedly submit to COVID-19 tests. .

Ms Gladeau said she supported Mr O’Toole’s opposition to compulsory vaccination and did not think it did him any harm in the election. “There are valid reasons why people don’t want to take them, and we need to use other measures: rapid testing, COVID protocols, etc.” he said. “Vaxxed and unvaxxed alike can receive it and transmit it.”

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole speaks to supporters Tuesday morning after Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau won another minority government. O’Toole criticized the early election, shared an inclusive vision of the party and vowed to lead the Conservatives in the next campaign.

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