|Erin O'Toole has officially won leadership of the of the Conservative Party |
Erin O'Toole has officially won leadership of the of the Conservative Party and, as expected, Canadians have a lot to say about it.
The news of O'Toole's victory came early Monday morning after a six-hour delay due to a malfunction with the ballots.
He earned 57 per cent of votes on the third and fourth ballots, whereas runner-up and Conservative minister Peter MacKay earned 43 per cent. O'Toole also beat out Toronto lawyer Leslyn Lewis and MP Derek Sloan.
The new PC leader first entered politics in 2012 as the member of Parliament representing the Ontario riding of Durham. In 2015, he became part of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet as a minister of veterans affairs.
Prior to politics, O'Toole completed 12 years of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force before heading to law school in 2003.
"Today you have given me a clear mission: to unite our party, to champion our conservative principles, to show Canadians what we know so well: that Justin Trudeau and his team are failing our great country," O'Toole said in his victory speech.
"We must continue to point out Liberal failings and corruption, but we must also show Canadians our vision for a stronger, more prosperous and more united Canada."
With MacKay being a frontrunner for most of the race, Canadians are surprised to learn that it was O'Toole who came out on top.
O'Toole received many messages of congratulations from prominent Canadian politicians, including the prime minister himself.
Former PC leader Harper also sent his well wishes via social media.
O'Toole will be replacing Andrew Scheer as leader of Canada's conservative party.
Sandra P. 8/24/2020