Erin O’Toole’s struggle to remain a Conservative leader has already begun.
A source close to the O’Toole campaign told Star on Tuesday morning that he would encourage the Conservative Assembly to adopt reform measures that would allow for a management review.
“He needs to have the support of the caucus … He knows that, and (the law of reform) is something he has previously pushed for,” said the source, who agreed to speak to the star on condition that they do not was named, said.
“The leader was very clear after the last election that the assembly should support the reform law, where the assembly gets to vote on a management review, and he will support it again and push for the assembly to do so if they elect it.”
With post-in votes and votes still to count early Tuesday morning, the most likely scenario is that Justin Trudeau’s Liberals will be returned to Ottawa to run a minority parliament.
From 02.00 on Tuesday morning, the results were almost identical to the election results in 2019 – with elections Canada counting on the Liberal Party winning or leading in 155 seats, the Conservatives in 122, the Bloc Québécois with 33 and the new Democrats with 26.
There are a significant number of mail-in ballots that still need to be counted and they can fundamentally change this position.
But it’s a disappointing result for O’Toole and his campaign – which sold their move to the political center as a way to win votes in Ontario.
“Look, we are entering a new parliament, a very broken parliament, where the prime minister played for a majority and got the same result as he got before,” the source said.
In his concession speech early Tuesday morning, O’Toole made it clear that he intends to continue leading the Conservative Party into the next election – which he warned was just around the corner as the Liberals failed to win a majority .
And he doubled the need for the party to change to secure power.
“A few months ago, I told the Conservatives that our party needed the courage to change because Canada has changed. Over the past 36 days, we have demonstrated to Canadians that we have taken a path to engage more Canadians in our conservative movement, “O’Toole told a small crowd of supporters in Oshawa.
“Ours is a conservatism that does not live in the past, but learns from it.”
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