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.
No seriously though, who is Erin O'Toole?— CANADALEK (@CANADALEK) August 24, 2020
Others have been comparing O'Toole to U.S. President Donald Trump, saying that the two have similar values.
They chose "Take Canada Back" because "Make Canada Great Again" was going to make their intentions too obvious?— Toronto Guy (@Mr_TorontoGuy) August 24, 2020
Canadians need to be vary or Erin O'Toole will be our version of Trump in the White House.#CPCLeadership#cdnpoli
"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.
with the election of erin o'toole to head the conservative party, say goodbye to a pc government. he stands no chance against trudeau. basically just kissed the election goodbye. peter mckay had a breakaway and missed an open net #cdnpoli— Adam Dempsey (@dempseydmc) August 24, 2020
O'Toole received many messages of congratulations from prominent Canadian politicians, including the prime minister himself.
Congratulations on being elected leader of the Conservative Party, @ErinOTooleMP - I look forward to working together on the issues that matter most to Canadians across the country, and on making sure they have the support they need.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 24, 2020
Former PC leader Harper also sent his well wishes via social media.
Congratulations to my friend, long-time colleague, Erin O’Toole on winning the @CPC_HQ leadership. More than ever, our country needs a strong, united @CPC_HQ ready to form government. Laureen and I send best wishes to you and Rebecca as you lead our great party forward.— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) August 24, 2020
O'Toole will be replacing Andrew Scheer as leader of Canada's conservative party.
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