NEW PC LEADER O'TOOLE PREACHING COLLABORATION, NOT CONFRONTATION

Aug 25, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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In his first news conference since winning the leadership, Erin O’Toole says he wants to work with the Liberal minority government.
However, the new Conservative leader says his party will be ready if the Liberals try to force a fall election.
”We will be ready, but I will also hold him to account,” O’Toole adds.
He is not saying if he’ll support the throne speech September 23, which will spell out the government’s post-pandemic plan and then be followed by a confidence motion.
O’Toole also says he wants to see Ottawa address western alienation.
During last year’s federal election, predecessor Andrew Scheer was dogged by questions about his social conservative positions on abortion and same-sex marriage.
O’Toole says he has a ”clear track record” when it comes to human rights, pointing out he was one of just 18 Conservative MPs to vote in favour of a bill advancing transgender rights.
He also concedes he has work to do in getting Canadians to know him.
”I’m not famous, I’m not well known … I just fight for Canadians.”
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