However, after his appointment as leader, he quickly turned left and alienated many in the conservative branch of the party in an attempt to broaden the party’s appeal. After failing to win the vote last fall, Mr O’Toole has been criticized for being a political clone of Mr. Trudeau, masquerading as a conservative.
Among other things, he reneged on his promise not to introduce a carbon tax and drew outrage from some members of the Conservative Party caucus by reneging on his pledge to abolish Trudeau’s ban on about 1,500 models of military-style rifles.
He also finds a way to turn himself into a benevolent conservativedistance itself from the party’s social conservatism on issues like LGBTQ rights and abortion while reaching out to union members, a group that has traditionally supported the left of the New Democratic Party.
Although the Conservatives secured a symbolic victory in the last election, winning the majority of the popular vote, the Conservatives’ concentration of support in places like Alberta means it does not. converted to the maximum number of seats. Mr O’Toole was also criticized after the Conservatives failed to do well in electorally important urban centers such as the Toronto area and Metro Vancouver.
Ahead of Wednesday’s vote, Mr O’Toole was defiant, saying he had no intention of resigning.
“I’m not going anywhere and I’m not coming back. Canada needs us to be united and serious! ” he wrote in a series of tweets on Monday night in which he framed the vote as a battle between anger and hope. “A winning message is one of inclusion, optimism, ideas, and hope,” he writes.
The son of a provincial legislator in Ontario, Canada’s largest province, Mr. O’Toole has taken the helm of his party with conservative credentials including a military past. He studied at the Royal Canadian Military College and spent 12 years as a pilot in Canada’s oldest shipbuilding helicopter fleet. He also founded True Patriot Love, a nonprofit that supports veterans and their families.
Trained as an attorney, he worked at two major law firms in Toronto and later as a corporate consultant in Procter & Gamble Canada. Then, the resignation of a cabinet minister in his home constituency of Durham, Ontario, opened the door for him. He was elected to this seat in 2012.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/02/world/americas/erin-otoole-ousted-canada.html Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservative Party, Deposed