Erin O’Toole gave Canadians one of her last pitches before Monday’s vote while standing under the blazing Ontario sun – but a marked surge in support for the People’s Party of Canada could also leave the Conservative leader feeling the heat. can.
O’Toole delivered his sharpest message to those angry about Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, which is considering casting a ballot referred to as “small parties.”
Though he declined to specify which main political party he was referring to, he did not need it.
Political observers, including the Conservatives, have heightened their warnings in recent days about splitting the vote to the right with Maxim Bernier’s populist PPC, which could reduce the chances of the Tories defeating liberals in a race that is razor-sharp. is tight.
A Lager poll released earlier this week in collaboration with The Canadian Press indicated that Liberals and Conservatives were tied with support for 32 percent of certain voters and the People’s Party at five percent.
O’Toole referred to public anger towards the Liberal leader, portrayed by hordes of protesters following him across the country during the campaign, swearing and chanting to “shut him down”, broadcasting his staunch opposition to the vaccine mandate. and other health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which Trudeau strongly supports.
Some of those in the crowd have been PPC supporters, who have been seen holding party signs. The party booted one of its Ontario Riding Association presidents after allegations surfaced that he threw gravel at Trudeau while he was at a campaign stop.
The Conservative leader said on Friday that Trudeau addressed these protesters, “but there are actually millions of Canadians who are deeply disappointed with Mr Trudeau.”
“And if they allow that frustration to be anything but vote Conservative, they are voting for Mr. Trudeau,” O’Toole said at a campaign stop in London, Ont., where Bernier recently A rally was organized.
“There are five sides, two choices: real change and moral government with a plan on par with Mr Trudeau, or with the Conservatives of Canada.”
Among the candidates who echoed O’Toole’s sentiment was Leslyn Lewis, her former leadership rival who was heavily backed by social conservatives and is now running for election in Ontario, where the Tories are expected to win seats in the government. need to be achieved.
“A vote for PPC is a vote for Trudeau,” she tweeted on Friday. “Let’s stand united (and) work for our country and our future.”
Dan Robertson, head of strategy for O’Toole, also tweeted Friday: “The stakes are too high.”
There is no such thing as wasting votes. Every vote carries a message. If that’s your goal, fine. But if your goal is to show Justin Trudeau the door, only conservatives can do that. “
This is Bernier’s second election as the leader of the PPC. The former Tory MP from Quebec lost his seat in the 2019 vote, and did not come close to electing a single MP in the race, where he campaigned on immigration reform and attacked conservatives for eroding their political values.
This time he is trying to garner support by pushing hard against mandatory vaccinations and provinces using a passport-like system for vaccines to allow people to access businesses and programs.
O’Toole has also said that he is against making it an all-or-nothing rule that someone should get vaccinated, and instead supports allowing people, who haven’t been vaccinated, to be vaccinated. Regardless, undergo regular rapid testing, as he respects a person’s authority. To make your own choices about your health.
Despite this, the candidates had to convince themselves that voters questioned them at the door.
“If we want to say goodbye to Justin Trudeau, the Conservatives have to stand united and we can do the same on September 20,” sitting Manitoba MP Candice Bergen, the party’s deputy leader, posted on Instagram on Thursday. Said in a video.
Bergen confirms she has been double vaccinated against COVID-19 and while Conservatives believe these shots are safe and effective, they respect those who are unvaccinated and Canadians on Trudeau Accused of using the issue to divide people.
With three days left to go to the race, O’Toole traveled from Nova Scotia to Ontario on Friday, leaving the expedition plane to travel over the next few days to southwestern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area, where The party is fishing for seats. .
Conservatives have one goal in the next few days and that is to be out of the vote. O’Toole spent Friday afternoon visiting the campaign offices of London West candidate Rob Fleck and Brantford-Brant hopeful Larry Brock.
The leader traded a policy of talking to volunteers in Brock’s office to drop donuts and coffee, asking the crowd of volunteers and supporters to do everything possible to send the candidate to Ottawa.