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Erin O'Toole is the new Conservative leader and Canada is in shock

Erin O'Toole has officially won leadership of the of the Conservative Party and, as expected, Canadians have a lot to say about it. 

The news of O'Toole's victory came early Monday morning after a six-hour delay due to a malfunction with the ballots.

He earned 57 per cent of votes on the third and fourth ballots, whereas runner-up and Conservative minister Peter MacKay earned 43 per cent. O'Toole also beat out Toronto lawyer Leslyn Lewis and MP Derek Sloan

The new PC leader first entered politics in 2012 as the member of Parliament representing the Ontario riding of Durham. In 2015, he became part of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet as a minister of veterans affairs. 

Prior to politics, O'Toole completed 12 years of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force before heading to law school in 2003.

"Today you have given me a clear mission: to unite our party, to champion our conservative principles, to show Canadians what we know so well: that Justin Trudeau and his team are failing our great country," O'Toole said in his victory speech. 

"We must continue to point out Liberal failings and corruption, but we must also show Canadians our vision for a stronger, more prosperous and more united Canada."

With MacKay being a frontrunner for most of the race, Canadians are surprised to learn that it was O'Toole who came out on top. 

Others have been comparing O'Toole to U.S. President Donald Trump, saying that the two have similar values. 

"Erin O'Toole a military man, who was taught military rules! He has the same motto as Trump! Reform Conservatives have hit bottom! People will be in trouble if he becomes PM," another wrote

As a result, many say the next election for Prime Minister will be in Justin Trudeau's favour. 

O'Toole received many messages of congratulations from prominent Canadian politicians, including the prime minister himself.

Former PC leader Harper also sent his well wishes via social media.

O'Toole will be replacing Andrew Scheer as leader of Canada's conservative party. 

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