The Canadian federal election is now – mostly – a thing of the past after dominating for weeks the question of whether it was warranted in the middle of a COVID-19 fourth wave.
Now however for the leaders of the major federal party, experts say, the question is on the verge of becoming: Should they have done better in the elections or not, and will the political knives emerge now?
Leading conservative Lisa Raitt, a former federal cabinet minister, said she expects both Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole to face questions from their caucuses, but what happens next is still uncertain.
“I think it’s too early to say, ‘knives out’,” she told Granthshala News on Tuesday.
“I believe the caucus has the right to ask both of its leaders behind closed doors to understand what happened, what the analysis is, and where we go from here.”
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Five weeks and $600 million later, the pandemic election – the costliest in Canadian history – has left the makeup of the House of Commons almost the same as when Trudeau chose to seek dissolution on August 15 and deport the country. to poll.
That initial lead quickly evaporated and Trudeau is set to once again lead a minority government that will force him to cooperate with other parties to negotiate and rule by the Canadian people.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is now set to play the role of kingmaker, and said he plans to remain as leader when asked on Tuesday morning if he should be replaced. In comparison, Green Party leader Annie Paul’s second consecutive failure to win the Toronto Center seat for which she was campaigning is already raising questions about her own future and ability to lead the party.
During an interview with Granthshala News, former Green leader Elizabeth May said, “I have never seen the party up for election.”
In the light of the election results, two prominent leaders of the party may also have to face questions.
University of Toronto political science professor Grace Skogstedt described the result as a “disappointment for both liberal and conservative leaders”.
“What this means for his leadership will be a bigger challenge for Erin O’Toole’s leadership than Justin Trudeau. … It’s always easier to win an election, even if it’s only got one seat.”
O’Toole’s electoral gamble – Tories swinging towards center
O’Toole played the big gamble by moving the Conservative Party to the center of the political spectrum, but was not able to oust Trudeau from the prime minister’s office.
He told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he was “disappointed” with the result, but planned to stay in the role and has already begun the process of reviewing what could have been done better.
“Next time we will,” he said of the frustrated members not being able to win.
“We’re close in dozens of rides, but not close enough. I want to earn that trust with the Canadians. So we’re going to work tirelessly.”
His predecessor, Andrew Scheer, had vowed to remain in the role as leader after the 2019 campaign, in which Trudeau was reduced from a majority to a minority, but within weeks because of internal party battles and leaking targets. prompted them to shift gears, and give up.
O’Toole won the ensuing leadership race. But unlike Scheer’s election defeat, there are already strong voices coming from within the party, speaking out about the need to rally around O’Toole, not stop him, and the need for a new leader. Search.
Matthew Conway, one of Quebec’s representatives among the party’s National Council members, said the Conservatives would need to conduct a post-mortem to find out what could have been done better.
But he said changing the leader after every election is not real in a minority government.
“I think going into another leadership would be a big mistake,” he told Granthshala News.
“We can’t be quick. We can’t change leaders after every election. There’s absolutely no momentum in that next election. There are reasons for too much turmoil.”
Conway, a former Conservative candidate and ex-political staffer, said a post-mortem on election results would require a closer look at why some moderate attacks on things like the party’s position on abortion use and firearms control struck a chord with voters. resonate.
He said both would continue to be part of Liberal political attacks in the future.
“The Liberals will play the fear game and we need to be prepared to defend ourselves on that. We also need to realize that the Morgenteller abortion decision was in 1988,” he said, adding that more could be done to clarify that O’Toole is the pro-choice.
“But the people of our party also need to stop the battles which were fought many years back. This is 2021. … Continuing these battles allows Justin Trudeau and his corrupt government to be elected, and it does not serve Canada. “
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Conservative strategist Jason Leiter offered a similar case for why O’Toole should stay.
He said that while some members of the party are getting “restless” after losing three consecutive elections, the best shot at forming a government again is building on the foundation that O’Toole had laid in the campaign.
“I think the main question you ask yourself is, can this guy win? And I think the answer is yes. That’s one reason I think Mr. O’Toole might have another crack at it.” should be found,” said Leitaire, who is the president of political strategy firm Enterprise.
“The truth is it’s very easy to win…