Sunday, March 26, 2023

Erin O’Toole launches Conservative leadership bid, promises to be the ‘true blue’ candidate

Pitching himself as a ‘fighter,’ O’Toole vows to protect jobs and defend Canada from ‘radical left’

O’Toole pitched himself as a fighter — a leader willing to “fight” for jobs in the manufacturing and natural resources sectors and to “defend our history, our institutions against attacks from cancel culture and the radical left.”

“We are in a battle for the heart and soul of the Conservative Party. This leadership is a contest about what kind of party we are — a party that becomes more like the Liberals, or one that believes we win when we take a principled conservative stand,” O’Toole said in a statement announcing his run.

In what could be a thinly veiled reference to Scheer — who has spent most of his adult life as an MP — O’Toole said he’s not a “career politician.”

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