In his final speech as leader, Scheer took shots at Justin Trudeau and the Liberals while calling on Conservatives to "stay involved, be bold, think" and to challenge the mainstream media. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. The campaign was then restarted under new parameters in late April “with adjustments to accommodate current circumstances.” It was then that the Leadership Organizing Committee (LEOC) declared that it wouldn’t be possible to meet all deadlines necessary in time for the originally-planned June 27 announcement of a winner and so the vote would proceed with mail-in ballots, and the Aug. 21 deadline. Erin O'Toole, Peter MacKay, Derek Sloan, and Leslyn Lewis take part in the June 18, 2020 Conservative leadership debate. Memorial University political science professor Alex Marland said the new leader must foster a united public front. Sloan is a rookie Conservative MP elected for the first time in 2019 in the riding of Hastings-Lennox and Addington, where he lives with his wife and children. Over the course of the campaign Sloan’s more controversial comments—including those about Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam— have prompted questions to Scheer as to whether Sloan would keep his place in the Conservative caucus. Her family immigrated to Canada from Jamaica when she was five. Lewis has said she’s running because "Canadians can and should expect much more from their leaders," and because she is seeing "opportunities for future generations falling away.". The leadership race got underway on Jan. 13, giving hopefuls 45 days to declare. The technical glitch left the four candidates vying for the party's top job waiting in limbo throughout Sunday evening until the final result was announced shortly after 1 a.m. "It doesn't matter what kind of Conservative you are. Kory Teneycke, who served as director of communications for former prime minister Stephen Harper, said the technical glitches could damage the brand of a party that prides itself on managerial competence. "To the Canadians I'm meeting for the first time. leadership election, you must hold a valid Conservative Party membership. Organizing Committee (LEOC) have decided the party’s leadership race will end O'Toole's strategy was focused on existing party members and activists and being a "true blue" conservative, but he must change that tack to broaden the support base. Comments are welcome while open. Leslyn Lewis is making history as the first ever Black woman to be in the running to lead the Conservative party, and her late-in-the-game momentum and possible kingmaker position has not gone unnoticed by party members. Sloan says he believes the country is "under siege by a tide of political correctness that seeks to destroy Canada," and vows to "take a stand for Canada against radical progressivism.". Should the voting need to go to a second, or even third ballot to determine a winner, in each required round the candidate with the fewest votes will have their voters’ next choices allocated to the remaining hopefuls. "The Conservatives have badly underestimated Trudeau in two elections, and have to be careful not to assume that the current controversies will dominate the next election," he said in an email. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. Peter MacKay’s informal entrance into the race came during the post-mortem on Scheer’s 2019 election performance when he remarked during a panel that Scheer’s positions on abortion and same-sex marriage hung around his neck like a “stinking albatross.”. Derek Sloan has been spending his final days on the campaign trail touring around Alberta and British Columbia, holding outdoor campaign rallies, while sending out emails to his supporters about his concerns over mandatory masks and mandatory vaccines as forms of COVID-19 protection. race,” said Lisa Raitt, Co-Chair of LEOC. Erin O'Toole has won the leadership for the Conservative Party, promising to present a vision to make Canada more prosperous and reaching out to broaden the party's base of supporters. As was the case in the 2017 leadership race that saw Scheer elected in a narrow victory over Maxime Bernier, the Conservative party is once again using a ranked ballot system. How votes for the Conservative leadership race were counted, Conservative leadership candidates weigh in on why Canada needs their ideas - and what they'd prioritize as PM. "Canada can and must do better and Conservatives will work hard to earn the trust and confidence of Canadians in the next election.". More than ever, our country needs a strong, united @CPC_HQ ready to form government. There is a week left in the federal Conservative leadership campaign, and the pressure is on. He finished third in the last Conservative leadership race in 2017. Though over the seven-month campaign, O’Toole also faced criticism over using parliamentary resources during his campaign, as well as outsourcing to a U.S. call centre to do voter outreach. While the race has largely been framed as a battle between MacKay and O’Toole, the backing Lewis and Sloan have from the social conservatives within the party as well as the second quarter fundraising Lewis’ campaign has drummed up has opened up the possibility of a closer race to replace outgoing leader Andrew Scheer than initially thought. Nearly 175,000 ballots were cast in a mail-in system out of about 270,000 eligible members — the highest number of votes in the party's history. Erin O'Toole won the leadership for the Conservative Party after three rounds of ballots. place, leadership candidates are going to have their organizational abilities In the final days candidates Peter MacKay, Erin O’Toole, Leslyn Lewis, and Derek Sloan are focusing on their get-out-the-vote pushes, trying to meet with as many supporters and have their teams collect as many outstanding ballots as possible, with the effort being heavily documented on their respective social media accounts. The social conservative has denounced what he calls the erosion of free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience in Canada, and the "politically correct culture." O'Toole served as minister of veterans affairs under Harper, and most recently served as the party's foreign affairs critic. A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you. Whether you worship on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or not at all … you are an important part of Canada and you have a home in the Conservative Party of Canada.". She was also an unsuccessful 2015 federal election candidate. "Whether you're doing well or barely getting by. "Many people think that the main work of the leader of the official opposition is to take on the prime minister, and ready the Conservatives to score points against the Liberals on given issues. Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidates Erin O'Toole, left to right, Peter MacKay, Derek Sloan and Leslyn Lewis wait for the start of … MacKay is a lawyer and former Conservative cabinet minister in Stephen Harper's government. After a shaky performance during the French-language debate, Lewis fared far better when she had the opportunity to debate in English. A week from now all of the ballots will have been mailed to the Conservative Party of Canada’s Ottawa headquarters, where over the last few weeks ballot verification and processing has been underway on the still-running live feed on the party’s website. ET Monday. This is going to be an exciting and competitive tested, and be given the opportunity to show how they’re ready to take on the The Conservative Party has a new leader. He said he would rescind the carbon tax and gun ban and pull Canada out of World Health Organization if elected party leader. After deciding not to run in 2015, MacKay relocated to Toronto with his wife and children, where he worked at a law firm and as a frequent political commentator. Acknowledging the party needs to broaden its base to win the next election, O'Toole reached out to all Canadians in all regions of the country and from diverse backgrounds. A key moment for O’Toole’s campaign was when Alberta Premier Jason Kenney threw his support behind him, with a key western Canada endorsement. In order to make it on to the ballot, candidates had to meet three separate fundraising and support thresholds, which saw the candidate pool whittled down considerably in comparison to the 2017 leadership campaign. After finishing third in the 2017 leadership race, O’Toole is trying again to win the top job, this time with the backing of some social media and marketing savvy staff and a large swath of the current federal Conservative caucus. Up to 4,000 ballots that were damaged had to be either taped back together or manually remarked on a new ballot. Scrutineers from all camps view the ballot and agree on the result, so there is no risk of the integrity being compromised, Raitt said. Technical glitches with the mail-in ballots delayed results into the early hours of Monday. The former federal cabinet minister from Nova Scotia was last leader of the Progressive Conservatives, pre-merger with Stephen Harper’s Canadian Alliance in 2003. Under the original leadership race timeline, the party was set to hold its debates in April and announce the winner in Toronto in late June, but the entire race was put on pause in March due to COVID-19 and the nationwide shutdowns it forced. Challenge the mainstream media. It’s now time for our @CPC_HQ party and movement to come together, and to focus on what’s most important: ensuring our country gets moving in the right direction again. The O’Toole campaign also made headlines just after the leadership debates when allegations were levelled that MacKay's campaign hacked campaign information, which MacKay’s team denied. Scrutineers spent all day Sunday tabulating the results. In Harper's cabinet, he held several top portfolios, including defence, foreign affairs and justice. LEOC. O'Toole says he's running because "the country needs a strong Conservative party,” and has touted his standing as a current MP as a key asset in holding the Liberals to account “on day one.”. Despite some early pushes and enthusiasm among party members, past interim party leader Rona Ambrose and MP Pierre Poilievre didn’t end up throwing their hats into the ring. recognize the realities of a minority Parliament,” said Dan Nowlan, Co-Chair of Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. The electric envelope opener is partially or totally ripping some ballots, requiring volunteers to tape the cards back before they were reviewed by scrutineers and fed into the counting machines. WATCH / How the Conservative leadership ballots are counted: A snap election is possible for the fall, as Trudeau prorogued Parliament until Sept. 23. New Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole addresses his party after winning the leadership on the third ballot. Erin O'Toole wins Conservative leadership race, reaches out to broaden blue tent, Erin O'Toole courted the right of the Conservative Party and won. The challenge ahead is to find new ways to connect with people and attract new supporters, he said. The hunt for a new head of the party was prompted by Scheer announcing in December—amid criticism over his election performance— that he was stepping down as leader but would be staying on until a replacement was named. He also came out on top in the most recent round of fundraising, pulling in $1.24 million in leadership donations between April and June. "My presence alone sends a very strong message," she said in the interview.
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