The man who could oust Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from power advertised himself a year ago as a “true-blue conservative”. He became leader of the Conservative Party with a pledge to “take Canada back” – and almost immediately began working to modernize the party by pushing it towards the political centre.
Erin O’Toole, a military veteran and member of parliament for nine years, has only accelerated her momentum while campaigning for Canada’s snap federal election. Despite criticism that the former lawyer will and will do anything to get elected, polls suggest O’Toole’s Conservatives could beat Trudeau’s Liberal party on Monday.
O’Toole’s strategy, which involves rejecting positions held dear by his party’s base on issues such as climate change, guns and balanced budgets, was designed to appeal to a wider cross-section of voters in such a country. Designed for something that is far more generous. compared to its southern neighbour. Whether liberal Canadians believe O’Toole is a progressive conservative, which he claims has become a central question of the election campaign.
“O’Toole is telling Conservative friends exactly what he’s going to do and showing Canadians something different,” Trudeau said during a campaign in Montreal on Thursday. “Whether it’s on guns, the environment, or vaccines, Mr. O’Toole is misleading the Canadian people, not leading.”
A Conservative victory would represent a rebuke from Trudeau, 49, who called elections despite the pandemic hoping to shore up his minority government but is now at risk of losing office to a politician with a fraction of the name of the head of the opposition. Is. Recognition.
Former Conservative Secretary of State John Baird said O’Toole is the opposite of Trudeau, who has made the cover of Rolling Stone and has been featured in Vogue magazine.
Of the Conservative Party chief, Baird said, “He’s not a sizzle, he’s a steak.”
O’Toole calls himself a conservative leader with a new style and says he rejects the politics of celebrity and division. He describes his views as pro-abortion rights and pro-LGBTQ rights. He told the crowd at the Quebec campaign event: “You have been let down by all parties of all stripes, sometimes mine included.”
“From the first day of my leadership, my priority has been to build a conservative movement where every Canadian can feel at home: inclusive, diverse, forward-looking, progressive, worker-friendly,” O’Toole said on Wednesday. “We’re no longer your father’s Conservative Party.’
The language O’Toole used during his bid to become leader of the Conservative Party last year is dramatically different. O’Toole won the position with the support of social conservatives and gun enthusiasts, and by discrediting the Conservative credentials of a centrist rival.
Since then, many of his actions have more closely resembled a leadership candidate than a right-wing standard-bearer.
For example, he reversed the party’s position on guns earlier in the month, contradicting the Conservative platform in August by pledging to maintain Trudeau’s prohibited firearms list. O’Toole now also supports a carbon tax to fight climate change, a policy Trudeau strongly opposed for years by his party and that O’Toole has promised to reverse.
They also reduced their support for allowing health care workers to exercise so-called “conscience rights” by refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds.
Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and international relations at the University of Toronto, said O’Toole’s victory would give moderate Republicans in the United States evidence to argue that a more centrist, big tent party could win the election.
“It’s a sign that if you run to the center, which Republicans always did, it works,” Bothwell said. “If I were a moderate conservative, I would be pleased, and I would point it out as much as I could.”
Ian Brody, a University of Calgary professor who served as chief of staff to former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said he thinks hatred of Trudeau will deter the most conservative voters from leaving O’Toole on Monday.
Brody said many conservatives in western Canada think Trudeau, who spoke about a day when oil is not needed, has a condescending view of the oil industry that is central to Alberta’s economic vitality.
“I can’t tell how much people want to get rid of Trudeau, so it’s all on deck,” he said.
Political observers are quick to note O’Toole’s new streaks. Robin Urbach, a columnist for Canada’s national newspaper Globe and Mail, wrote, “If there are still people who don’t like Mr. O’Toole’s position on something, well, they just have to wait a few minutes. . “
University of Toronto political science professor Nelson Wiseman described O’Toole as “two-faced”, but said that the party leader’s change in policy does not seem to register with voters, even though “everyone sees him as such.” But calling.”
But Wiseman thinks O’Toole doesn’t need to vaccinate Conservative candidates against the coronavirus and refuses to say how many of them can’t afford Mondays, especially in Alberta this week by a provincial Conservative government. After apologizing for his handling of the pandemic.
“The conservative position on vaccination is hurting the party and …
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