Erin O’Toole new tory leader after tough competition
Shady Salah – Media in Toronto
Erin O’Toole have won the leadership race of the Conservative party to become the leader of the opposition and succeed Andrew Scheer on the helmet of the tory. The Durham MP realized victory in his second attempt after 2017 race, during which he came the third place in that campaign. But O’Toole clinched the win on the third ballot in a reveal that came roughly six hours after it had been scheduled to take place Sunday at 6 p.m. ET but stretched into Monday morning after repeated delays. In total, roughly 175,000 party members cast ballots. “To the millions of Canadians that are still up, that I’m meeting tonight for the first time: Good morning. I’m Erin O’Toole, you’re going to be seeing and hearing a lot from me in the coming weeks and months,” O’Toole said in his victory speech. “But I want you to know from the start that I am here to fight for you and your family.” His victory over rival Peter MacKay could spell the end of MacKay’s political career. It is also likely to immediately raise questions about the future for progressive Conservatives in the party, who hoped that with MacKay, the party could finally move past the debates around social conservative issues. In a message on social media, MacKay offered his congratulations to O’Toole after the hard-fought campaign.