After a long caucus meeting earlier today, Erin O’Toole has been voted out by caucus members as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
O’Toole’s ousting comes after just under 18 months as party leader. Under the Reform Act, 20% of caucus members are needed to sign an agreement to trigger a review, and a majority of caucus is then needed to remove the party leader. Earlier this week 35 MP’s signed a letter triggering the review process, and the final count was 45 in favour of O’Toole staying on as leader, with 73 voting for a change in leadership. Caucus members are expected to select an interim leader tonight.
Conservative Party members will now be selecting their third leader since 2017. No candidates have declared yet, but Pierre Poilievre (MP for Carleton) and Leslyn Lewis (MP for Haldimand-Norfolk) are among the expected contenders.
The Prime Minister and the leaders of the Bloq Québécois and NDP all thanked Mr. O’Toole and his family for their service to the country.
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