CONSERVATIVE LEADER ERIN O'TOOLE FACES LEADERSHIP REVIEW

Feb 01, 2022

By Jeremy Logan

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Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is prepared to fight.

He turned to social media late Monday after a group of his MPs submitted a letter to the party’s caucus chair to hold a leadership review.

In response to what one former caucus supporter said was one-third of his MPs wanting him gone, O’Toole posted; “I’m not going anywhere.”

He writes that MPs who want him out are confused about what direction to take the Conservative party – which has been a source of concern under O’Toole’s tenure.

O’Toole says there are two roads for the Tories to take, writing; “One is the road of Randy Hillier and Derek Sloan. It is angry, negative, and extreme.”

The other road, he writes, is about building a more inclusive party and recognizing the need to change, which has been O’Toole’s message since taking the reins of the party in 2020 and again after last year’s election loss.

O’Toole posted; “It’s time for a reckoning. To settle this in caucus. Right here. Right now. Once and for all.”

The caucus is set to meet on Wednesday.

Conservative caucus chair and Ontario MP Scott Reid informed MPs Monday evening that he had received written notice with signatures from at least 20 % of members requesting O’Toole’s leadership be reviewed.

He says information on a vote, which would have to happen by secret ballot, would be provided within the next day.

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