Jonquire, Qi. – Back on the road with five days for Canadians to pitch their party as the best position to govern, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole took a fresh step Wednesday, appealing directly to voters , who may not have previously considered voting conservative.

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He also said that his party, like others, has disappointed voters in the past, adding that things will change under his leadership.

O’Toole said at a campaign event, “Today, I want to speak to a number of Canadians who are starting to tune into their final days in this election, and are probably—hopefully—looking at the Conservatives for the first time. ” Army in a Quebec-held ride a block north of Quebec City.

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“I know some of you may hesitate because of things you may have heard or something that is out of date… I understand that over the years you have been let down by Mr Trudeau and the Liberal government, but really If we’re being honest, all kinds of parties have let you down, sometimes mine too.

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Asked why he thinks his party has disappointed Canadians in the past, O’Toole cited past conservative climate policies, engagement with working Canadians and union leaders, and access to cultural communities.

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With opinion polls continuing to show that conservatives are in a close race with liberals, a surge in support for O’Toole saw the start of the campaign that kicked off in the past week. However, after a gradual increase in support in recent days, O’Tools national ballot in the latest Nanos Research data is slightly ahead in support.

In his address, the Tory leader sought to make his case for voters who had previously written off his party or did not think they were in the so-called “Big Blue Tent”.

“I just want to say up front that I know my party has grounds to build upon, so I’m here to listen to you. I want to know your thoughts, your hopes, fears and dreams, and I hope That when Monday comes, even if you are unsure of your vote, you will look at Canadian conservatives a little differently,” he said.

This echoed the sentiment he first shared when he was elected as the latest Conservative leader in 2020; That he wanted more Canadians to see a Conservative when they looked in the mirror.

“From the first day of my leadership, my priority has been to build a conservative movement where every Canadian can feel at home … we are no longer your father’s conservative party,” he said on Wednesday.

Facing the question of how his pitch as a separate Conservative party has to do with allowing candidates who have shared racist, conspiratorial and anti-vaccine views under his party’s banner, O. Toll did not respond directly.

He said he was “a new leader with a new style”, vowed he would work to fight against intolerance and have a “zero-tolerance approach to racism”.

“I am very proud to say that we have the most diverse slate of candidates to date,” he said.

During the campaign, O’Toole has sought to present a more progressive version of the party than the one led by his predecessor Andrew Scheer, although liberals have attempted to draw attention to his previous “true blue” brand of conservatism. have done. and his years in the Stephen Harper government.

Through attack ads and social media posts, the Liberal Party and its candidates have pointed to past opposition to a carbon tax, momentum moving forward on abortion, and a vote on the stalled conversion therapy bill, with a majority of the Conservative caucus. was voted against. Banning the ban, however, O’Toole voted in favor.

At his own campaign stop on Wednesday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said that the Conservative Party’s approach is “not the way forward”, continuing to say how O’Toole has said things during the campaign that are his are inconsistent with previous posts.

“We are the ones positioned to prevent Erin O’Toole and the Conservatives from taking Canada back,” Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said at a campaign stop in Halifax on Wednesday morning. “Conservatives are pushing the wrong choices on a whole lot of things.”

It remains to be seen whether O’Toole’s message that the Conservatives are “the only option” if voters want change, he will be one to drill home in the coming days as his campaign plans head through riding. To stay on the road. until 20 September.