O'Toole Wins Conservative Leadership Race

O'Toole Wins Conservative Leadership Race

For a leadership campaign that was described as sleepy by outside commentators, members of the Conservative Party of Canada were certainly engaged in the choosing of their new leader.

Following a largely virtual campaign due to the coronavirus epidemic, O'Toole, 47, was proclaimed the victor early Monday after a record 175,000 voted in the party race. People need to get to know him in a hurry in case there's a fall election triggered by Trudeau's Throne Speech next month.

O'Toole campaigned on a promise to scrap the Liberal government's carbon tax, cut taxes and take a harder line on China's involvement in the Canadian economy.

The early results came after midnight Monday, as machines tasked with slicing envelopes malfunctioned and several thousand ballots had to be replicated by hand under the close eye of scrutineers throughout Sunday evening.

Following that loss, Conservative leader Andrew Sheer resigned.

The two front runners include former MP and cabinet minister Peter MacKay, and current MP for Durham Erin O'Toole.

In fact, that membership number puts to rest the idea that no one was interested in this leadership race as did the number of ballots cast.

Also seeking the leadership was Derek Sloan, 35, a rookie Ontario MP who made headlines for tweeting his belief that being gay is a choice.

The party uses a points system to determine the victor, with each riding in the country allocated 100 points, and a candidate needs a majority to win.

A candidate needed a majority of 16,901 points to win.

The members who felt MacKay was too soft on the fundamentals, expanding too far into the mushy middle for their comfort, gave O'Toole a surprisingly strong first ballot opening which grew with social conservative help while MacKay's support stagnated. O'Toole was second after the first round and Lewis third.

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