February 2, 2022
Erin O’Toole is out as the leader of the Conservative party.
Tory MPs voted 73-45 to remove O’Toole during a secret ballot Wednesday morning. Only a 50% vote was needed to oust him as leader.
O’Toole issued a warning Monday night saying removing him as leader would mean a dangerous shift to the right and threw out the names of Derek Sloand and Randy Hillier.
Reports came in that during Wednesday’s meeting O’Toole apologized and said he was willing to alter course on some of his policies.
The vote throws the party into another leadership race, the second in 18 months.
It only took minutes for MPs to throw their hats into the ring to become interim leader.
“I am running to be interim Leader of our Conservative Party. I will respect my caucus colleagues. I will listen to our movement. I know how to keep us united around the things that matter most to us as Conservatives,” said New Brunswick MP John Williamson.
A disastrous 2021 election campaign was the beginning of the end for O’Toole.