Erin O’Toole faces leadership review by caucuses


Ottawa — Conservative leader Erin O’Toole will face a vote on his leadership, saying more than one-third of the supporters of the former caucuses want his resignation.

Canadian press has informed Congressman Scott Reid, chair of the caucuses, that he has received signed written notices from at least 20% of members requesting a review of Outur’s leadership. I confirmed that.

The process that parliamentarians follow is outlined in reform legislation that gives political party caucuses the ability to trigger leadership reviews.

After being defeated in last year’s elections, the conservative Caucus empowered them to vote for Outur’s leadership. This is a measure described by leaders as a welcome exercise in accountability.

Reed said in a letter to Congressman on Monday that the notice he received was valid and would be followed by details when the leadership vote took place.

The conservative Caucus will meet next Wednesday. Voting on Outur’s leadership that did not immediately respond to a request for comment must be done by secret ballot.

Autur’s international development critic, Alberta Parliamentarian Garnet Genuis, said he was one of the signatories to join social media on Monday night for an early leadership review.

About one-third of the Tories’ 119 caucuses “signed a letter calling for the end of Erin O’Toole’s leadership and expressed broad opinion,” he said.

After being defeated in last year’s election, Genuis came to Outur by urging the Conservatives to enter another leadership contest and not unite behind the leader.

But that is no longer the case.

On Monday night, Genuis brought it to social media saying he had no plans to comment on the leadership process, but tried to “dirt” him by telling reporters that Outur’s office was at the forefront of him. After doing that, I felt compelled to do so. He was dissatisfied with Outur’s decision to urgently pursue a government bill banning LGBTQ Canadian conversion therapy.

Parliamentarians from the party’s social conservatives opposed previous versions of the bill when Congress last opened its seat before last year’s elections.

“This is a kind of division that is tearing our party, and it must end. We need leadership to unite, not divide.”

The drama on Monday was the culmination of several weeks of behind-the-scenes tension and frustration with Otur, who gained leadership in August 2020.

In a previous statement on social media, Alberta Congressman Bob Benzen, who supported the O’Toole family in the 2017 and 2020 leadership contests, said leaders reversed the policies of multiple Timeson parties and caucuses were his fate. He said he believed it was time to reconsider.

“I feel that the conservative Caucus has given Mr. Outur ample opportunity to modify the course to resolve many of the concerns of the grassroots members of the party,” his statement said.

“Given Mr. Otur’s leadership record, I believe that caucuse leader reviews are the only way to avoid the dangerous division of the Conservative Party and may not be repairable.”

Since his defeat in last year’s election, Outur has been in trouble. A call from within the caucuses to test his leadership was followed by the withdrawal of the caucuses last week, and parliamentarians were presented with the results of a review of what went wrong in the campaign.

Even before that, Outur faced pressure from some of his caucuses to take a stricter position on the controversial secular law in Quebec. Some of the party’s social conservatives have also expressed concern over last fall’s vote on a ban on conversion therapy.

Even before the election, there were complaints. To broaden his support for the Tories and modernize the party, he adopted a carbon pricing system after promising to abolish the carbon tax of the Liberal Party government.

Earlier Monday, the Battlefords-Lloydminster constituency association in rural Saskatchewan announced that it would begin a petition to be submitted to the Conservative National Council.

“No doubt it’s an outur carbon tax, but under a different name,” district president Michael Hudeck said in a statement.

“Aoutur’s carbon tax will make everything more expensive for everyone, and is the exact opposite of what our members voted for at a recent democratic policy conference.”

In April last year, Hudeck said in a party’s climate change plan that a carbon pricing system would allow consumers to enter the proposed money into a “personal low-carbon savings account” and use it for items. When revealing that it was included, Otur said he violated that policy. To help them lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

In her own statement, Equestrian lawmaker Rosemarie Falk said she upheld the petition.

Calls for an early review of Outur’s leadership have been grassroots for several months. In recent weeks, at least three equestrian associations have called on the party’s national council to hold a leadership review by mid-June, rather than waiting until 2023, when the next national convention is scheduled.

Last year, Outur kicked out Conservative Senator Dennis Batters from a parliamentary rally and petitioned to sign this year’s party to reconsider his leadership.

He removed her from the parliamentary assembly, but Senate Caucus Tory and local caucuses in Saskatchewan decided to keep her in a fold, suggesting that they rebelled against their leaders.

Along Stephanie Taylor

Canadian press

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