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UPDATED: O’Toole calls on Trudeau to fight western alienation

O’Toole now faces the daunting task of trying to reunite the party.

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Now the hard work begins.

The day after becoming Tory party leader, Erin O’Toole now faces the daunting task of trying to reunite the party.

And one of the first things O’Toole did was bring up western alienation with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

During a night that turned into farce because of vote counting issues, O’Toole emerged the victor Sunday on the third ballot with 57 per cent of the vote, a crushing victory over Peter MacKay, who won 43 per cent.

“You know what’s great about this leadership outcome? I’m not doing media interviews about separatism today. There’s a sense of optimism out here in Alberta. To be frank, after a period of cynicism I’m feeling good too,” tweeted Calgary Tory MP Michelle Rempel Garner.

O’Toole has made it clear that he would always allow a free vote on matters of conscience such as abortion, including for his cabinet ministers. However, O’Toole said he’s still personally pro-choice and supports same-sex marriage.

“To the millions of Canadians who are still up: Good morning, I’m Erin O’Toole,” he said in his victory speech delayed by more than five hours after a vote counting machine started to rip apart ballots.

“You’re going to be seeing me a lot.

“Today you have given me a clear mission: To unite our party, to champion our conservative principles, to show Canadians what we know so well: that Justin Trudeau and his team are failing our great country.

“We must continue to point out Liberal failings and corruption, but we must also show Canadians our vision for a stronger, prosperous, and more united Canada.

“The world still needs more Canada – it just needs less Justin Trudeau.”

Pundits say O’Toole one because he had huge numbers in Quebec and had down-ballot support from Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan.

The Western Canada was the first news organization to tell viewers/readers o’toole had won – by nearly an hour!

Voter ranked their favourites from first to fourth on the ballot.

MacKay congratulated Mr. O’Toole on a “hard-fought campaign” on Twitter.

“It’s now time for our party and movement to come together, and to focus on what’s most important: ensuring our country gets moving in the right direction again,” he wrote.

Lewis also congratulated O’Toole and tweeted: “Now is the time to work together and make sure a strong and united Conservative Party is ready to win the next election.”

Trudeau phoned to congratulate O’Toole on Monday afternoon.

Trudeau offered O’Toole a briefing from Dr. Theresa Tam, the head of Canada’s fight against coronavirus.

O’Toole said he brought up western alienation and called on Trudeau to come with an action plan to try and deal with it.

He also called on Trudeau to restore parliamentary committees as soon as possible, including the one probing the WE charity scandal.

The new Conservative leader will have to move quickly to have his team in place before Parliament returns next month. Trudeau prorogued the House at the height of the WE charity scandal.

MPs return Sept. 23 with the Liberals giving an economic update and their plans on how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

A vote of non confidence by the opposition would trigger an election.

Before entering politics, O’Toole was an officer in the Canadian air force. He then earned a law degree from Dalhousie University, graduating in 2003, and worked as a corporate lawyer in Toronto before running for office in 2012.

O’Toole is married to Rebecca O’Toole, and they have two children, Mollie and Jack.

He takes over from Andrew Scheer who was elected in 2017.

First Ballot

MacKay: 33.5% (11,328 points)
O’Toole: 31.6% (10,681 points)
Lewis: 20.5% (6,925 points)
Sloan: 14.4% (4,864 points)

Second Ballot

O’Toole: 35.2% (11,903 points)
MacKay: 34.8% (11,756 points)
Lewis: 30% (10,140 points)

Third Ballot

O’Toole: 57% (19,271 points)
MacKay: 43% (14,528 points)

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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Trudeau says thoughts of Western Alienation are ‘crazy’

The Liberal prime minister made the comment in question period as his Throne Speech was debated.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that any ideas of Western Alienation are “crazy.'”

The Liberal prime minister made the comment in question period as his Throne Speech was debated.

“The Conservatives want to make this a national unity crisis,” said Trudeau.

“I apologize, but this is simply irresponsible. We have shown, throughout this pandemic that, better than anyone else in the world, Canadians are there for one another,” he said in French.

“Thus, to try and sneak in this approach, this political attack, its simply irresponsible and crazy.”

The federal Tory party has already said they will not support the Throne Speech.

Trudeau’s “crazy” remark drew condemnation from Tory leader Erin O’Toole who tweeted video of the prime minister’s comments.

O’Toole tweet

O’Toole brought up the issue of Western Alienation during his first conversation with Trudeau after he won the Tory leadership.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, along with his Western counterparts, Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe and Manitoba’s Brian Pallister, have been unanimous in saying the Throne Speech will do nothing to help the economies of the west.

Pallister was particularly critical of Trudeau for not increasing health transfers.

“When your foundation is eroding you fix your foundation first, you don’t start redecorating your second floor sitting room,” Pallister said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Notley says Kenney shouldn’t have criticized Trudeau’s Throne Speech

“I was alarmed by the comments we heard from the Premier today,” said NDP leader Rachel Notley

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Alberta NDP leader has launched an attack on Premier Jason Kenney for daring to attack Justin’s Trudeau’s Throne Speech.

“I was alarmed by the comments we heard from the Premier today – this premier is so desperate to distract Albertans from his inability to create jobs and restart economic growth that he is continuing his fake fight with Ottawa at the expense of the best interest of the people he was elected to represent,” said Notley in a statement released on Thursday.

An angry Kenney has slammed the Wednesday Liberal Throne Speech as doing nothing for Alberta, especially the crippled energy industry.

Kenney is talking to other Canadian premiers Thursday afternoon to come up with a joint response to the Throne Speech.

“In addition to losing 50,000 jobs even before the pandemic, and in addition to shrinking Alberta’s economy with his $4.7 billion corporate handout, Jason Kenney made it clear today that he is willing to put his own political interest over the possibility of a long-awaited and long overdue national drug plan,” said the Notley statement.

“This self-serving decision will undermine the quality and affordability of the health care of millions of Albertans. This is an abdication of leadership.

“Albertans deserve a leader who will do the hard work of building a real economic recovery plan, a leader who will do whatever it takes to get Albertans back to work, and a leader who is laser focused on the challenges facing Alberta, not fake fights with federal politicians.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Kenney’s anger at Throne Speech continues to grow

Kenney called the speech “kooky”, full of “bright shiny objects” and policy ideas that will see Alberta challenging them in the Supreme Court.

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After having a night to sleep on it, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney emerged Thursday no less angry about Justin Trudeau’s Throne Speech.

During a morning press conference, Kenney called the speech “kooky”, full of “bright shiny objects” and policy ideas that will see Alberta challenging them in the Supreme Court.

An angry Kenney said he will be talking to other premier’s later Thursday and they will issue a statement about the speech later Thursday or Friday.

The premier noted not a single word in the speech discussed the crippled oil and gas sectors in Alberta.

Nor was there any mention of the growing concern of Western Alienation.

“All premiers asked the government to focus on two things in the speech – health care and the economy,” Kenney told reporters.

“Instead we got bright shiny objects and kooky objectives.”

Kenney said he hoped the speech would offer something “to allow the energy industry that has been cut off at the knees to get back on their feet.

“Instead we got a litany of policies that would further damage industries that are struggling to survive,” he said.

Kenney also took aim at a Liberal pledge to turn 25 per cent of Canada’s land mass into protected areas.

The premier said such a “sterilizing” move would be “potentially devastating” on Alberta’s mining industry.

Kenney also blasted the speech over it’s clean fuel and other climate change promises and said Alberta “is doing everything humanly possible” to lower carbon emissions.

“If Alberta doesn’t produce these (energy) things they will be produced elsewhere,” he said.

Kenney said governments have to be able to “pivot” during hard times, just like the Stephen Harper government he was a part of did to save the Canadian auto industry.

“The government of Canada had the opportunity to pivot….they failed to pivot,” Kenney said.

Kenney said there were more policies invading provincial jurisdiction “than I could count.”

“It’s a full frontal attack on Canadian federalism,” he said.

“I see Alberta participating in many more constitutional challenges.”

Kenney once again pointed out Alberta has given the rest of the country more than $630 billion since 1960 in transfer payments to help build things like schools and hospitals across Canada.

“A strong Canada needs a strong Alberta,” he said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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