Erin O’Toole, the Conservative Party’s leader, is up against a new challenge in his effort to keep his job.
Sen. Denise Batters, a prominent Tory, has started a petition calling for a leadership review within six months, citing O’Toole’s loss in the 2021 federal election and his party’s policy reversals throughout the campaign.
The petition is necessary, according to Batters, because O’Toole “reversed basic policies” without involvement from either party members or caucus, and then lost the election.
“Conservative activists and members across Canada are supporting this petition because Erin O’Toole has reversed his own positions from his leadership campaign, betrayed Conservative principles, lost seats in the election, and cannot win the next election,” the petition states.
“As Leader, O’Toole has watered down and even entirely reversed policy positions without the input of party or caucus members. On the carbon tax, on firearms, on conscience rights, he has contradicted positions within the same week, the same day, and even within the same sentence!”
Just last week, the Conservative party pushed a member of its national council to turn over communication records related to a bid to oust O’Toole as leader in what the councillor’s lawyer has deemed an “unprecedented campaign” to “thwart dissenting views.”