Conservatives demanding O'Toole resign again

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These people are just perpetually angry.


Three Conservative riding associations have expressed their wish to see Erin O'Toole's leadership put to an early test.

A motion passed Saturday by the board of the Foothills riding association in Alberta calls for O'Toole to face a review by mid-June to ensure the party is united and strong before "an imminent election."

The call comes as O'Toole is set to face his caucus for a two-day retreat that begins Wednesday before Parliament returns next week.

 
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Another OntariOWE disaster foisted off on Canada by our outdated electoral rules. We need a Western leader or the west end of Canada is going to be the Manitoba border. From there to the Pacific Ocean is going to be a the wellbeing of the people comes before the financial success of party insiders.
 
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We will be stuck with Trudeau as long as O'Foole is the leader of the conservatives.

You'll be stuck with a liberal government for the remainder of your pathetic, insignificant life.

 

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Mackay was the only good option left. If you ask me, there's never been a better time for the party to focus on one agenda and let those who disagree go to another party.
 

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He should resign he is a disgrace and a through back of the failed PC party like Mackay

Reform has to take back the party before the Maverick party set their anchor deep in the West
 
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Erin O'Toole to face leadership review by caucus as one-third want him gone, says MP
Author of the article:Canadian Press
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Publishing date:Jan 31, 2022 • 6 hours ago • 4 minute read • Join the conversation
Canada's Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole speaks to the media about the government's economic update on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada December 14, 2021.
Canada's Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole speaks to the media about the government's economic update on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada December 14, 2021. PHOTO BY BLAIR GABLE /REUTERS
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OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole will face a vote on his leadership with one former caucus supporter now saying more than one-third of them want him gone.

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The Canadian Press has confirmed that Ontario MP Scott Reid, chair of the party’s caucus, has informed MPs that he received written notice with signatures from at least 20 per cent of members requesting a review of O’Toole’s leadership.

The process MPs are following is outlined in the Reform Act, which gives a party’s caucus the ability to trigger a leadership review.

After last year’s election loss, the Conservative caucus gave itself the power to vote on O’Toole’s leadership — a measure the leader described as a welcome exercise in accountability.

In his correspondence to MPs Monday, Reid says the notice he received was valid and more details would follow on when a leadership vote would happen.

The Conservative caucus is next set to meet Wednesday. A vote on the leadership of O’Toole, whose office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, would need to happen by secret ballot.

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Alberta MP Garnett Genuis, who serves as O’Toole’s critic for international development, took to social media Monday evening to say he was among signatories calling for an early leadership review.

He said that about one-third of the Tories’ 119-member caucus “signed a letter calling for an end to Erin O’Toole’s leadership, representing a broad cross-section of opinion.”

After last year’s election loss, Genuis came to O’Toole’s side by urging Conservatives not to plunge themselves into another leadership contest and unite behind the leader.

But that is no longer the case.

On Monday evening, Genuis took to social media saying he wasn’t planning to comment about the leadership process, but felt compelled to do so after what he calls attempts by O’Toole’s office to “smear” him by telling reporters he was spearheading the effort because he was unhappy about O’Toole’s decision to fast-track a government bill banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ Canadians.

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The MP, who hails from the social conservative wing of the party, had been vocal opponent of an earlier version of the legislation in Parliament’s last sitting before last year’s election.

“This is the kind of division that is tearing at our party and it must come to an end. We need leadership that unites instead of divides.”

The drama that unfolded Monday has been the culmination of weeks of tension and frustration brewing behind the scenes with O’Toole, who won the leadership in August 2020.

In an earlier statement on social media, Alberta MP Bob Benzen, who supported O’Toole in the 2017 and 2020 leadership contests, said the leader has flip-flopped multiple timeson party policy and believes it’s time for caucus to review his fate.

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“I feel that the Conservative caucus has given Mr. O’Toole more than enough chances for a course correction to resolve the concerns of many of the grassroots members of our party,” his statement reads.

“In consideration of Mr. O’Toole’s record as leader, I believe a caucus leadership review is the only way to avoid a dangerous split in the Conservative party that may not be repairable.”

Trouble has been stirring for O’Toole since last year’s election loss. The calls from within caucus to put his leadership to the test follows last week’s two-day caucus retreat where MPs were presented with the findings of a review into what went wrong in the campaign.

Even before that, O’Toole had been facing pressure from some in his caucus to adopt a tougher stand against a controversial secularism law in Quebec. Some from the social conservative faction of the party also expressed concerns with last fall’s vote on banning conversion therapy.

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Even before the election there were grumblings. In an effort to broaden support for the Tories and modernize the party, he embraced a carbon pricing system after promising to repeal the Liberal government’s carbon tax.

Earlier Monday, the party’s electoral district association for Battlefords-Lloydminster in rural Saskatchewan announced it was launching a petition it plans to present to the Conservatives’ national council.

“Make no mistake, it’s just the O’Toole carbon tax, but by another name,” district president Michael Hudec said in a statement.

“O’Toole’s carbon tax will make everything more expensive for everyone, and is the exact opposite of what our members voted for at our most recent democratic policy convention.”

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Hudec said O’Toole violated that policy last April when he revealed the party’s climate change plan included a carbon pricing system that would see the money consumers pay be entered into a proposed “personal low carbon savings account,” which they could then spend on items to help them live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

In a statement of her own, the riding’s MP, Rosemarie Falk, said she supported the petition.

Calls for O’Toole’s leadership to be reviewed early had been coming from the grassroots for several months. In recent weeks, at least three riding associations, have requested the party’s national council hold an leadership review by mid-June instead of waiting until 2023 when the next national convention is scheduled.

Last year, O’Toole kicked Conservative Sen. Denise Batters out of his national caucus for launching a petition for members to sign to force the party to review his leadership this year.

Although he removed her from national caucus, the Tory Senate caucus as well as the Saskatchewan regional caucus decided to keep her in the fold, suggesting they defied the leader.
 

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OK. . . first, I understand how your parties work academically, but I don't really feel it, ya dig? Our parties work differently.

That said, seems like a butt-whooping like the Tories took at the hands of Nice-Hair calls for a change. "Failure to meet objectives" and all that.

Of course, there's always the question when people are saying "Fire the quarterback!" which is "And replace him with whom, exactly?"
 

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Erin O'Toole to face leadership review by caucus as one-third want him gone, says MP
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Publishing date:Jan 31, 2022 • 6 hours ago • 4 minute read • Join the conversation
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Are you a newsbot?
Do you actually have anything to say or are you just regurgitation machine?
 

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Are you a newsbot?
Do you actually have anything to say or are you just regurgitation machine?
i post the occasional article if its an update or if i think it might be of some interest. i comment occasionally. i dont comment often do to the volatility here. the tower hardware is old and doesnt work well with the board and internet. i have often tried to post and the tower crashes, restarts or shuts down. :(