Saturday, November 27, 2021

O’Toole backed by senior lawmakers amid criticism

The inability of the conservatives to grab power from the liberals in the election drew criticism from within the party for Erin O’Toole and asked her to resign, but the Tory leader has also received strong support from senior lawmakers.

Several well-known Tory MPs, newly elected or re-elected, have not openly challenged O’Toole and instead closed ranks behind him, seeing the pitfalls of throwing the party into another round of infighting. .

Garnet Januice, re-elected as a Conservative MP in Alberta, tweeted on September 23:

“Conservatives must remain united, defend our principles, and focus on giving better government to the Canadian people. We must learn the lessons of the election, share constructive feedback, and stand united behind Erin O’Toole.” “

Michelle Rampel Garner, who was re-elected to ride for Alberta, said the campaign would be thoroughly reviewed. “Given that we are in a critical crisis period in Canada, I take Erin O’Toole on her word that she will do so and that I will contribute to that process.”

MP Michael Chong, re-elected in Ontario, tweeted: “Proud to contest the 44th general election with Erin O’Toole and my conservative colleagues. We have laid the foundation for victory.”

O’Toole’s former leadership rival Leslyn Lewis, the newly elected MP for Haldimand-Norfolk in Ontario, also spoke out in support of the Tory leader.

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Lewis wrote on his website, “I believe the rush to implement the decision fell on our former leader, Andrew Scheer, before we had a chance to complete our review of the 2019 campaign, and when emotions were still high. It was foolish.”

“I believe it would be equally unwise to do this to Erin now.”

Bert Chen, a senior member of the party’s National Council, launched a petition demanding the recall of O’Toole as leader, but party chairman Rob Batherson questioned the legitimacy of the effort, stating that a formal leadership was needed. will notice.

O’Toole told reporters in Ottawa on September 21 that he had already begun the review.

“I am disappointed that we have lost some members and I have already started a post-election review of what went right, what went wrong, and what better we can do to win in 18 months,” he said. ” They said.

With files from the Canadian Press

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Isaac is a reporter based in Toronto.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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