CANADA: OPPOSITION PARTY LEADER ERIN O’TOOLE OUSTED

The leader of Canada’s principal opposition Conservative Party Erin O’Toole was unceremoniously dumped on Wednesday, after a large majority of MPs voted for his removal.

O’Toole was ousted after 73 of the party’s 119 MPs voted against him in a review of his leadership. O’Toole also served as the leader of the opposition in the House of Commons. MPs voted to elect MP Candice Bergen as the interim leader of the party in the evening.

The departure of O’Toole, who was defeated by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party in the snap national elections in September, has once again underscored that the Conservatives have been unsettled at the top since former leader and PM Stephen Harper quit in 2015 after being best by Trudeau in the 2015 polls. But Harper had been Prime Minister for eight years prior to that election.

Conservatives will now have to put in place another leadership race just 18 months since the previous contest which saw O’Toole emerge to upset the favourite, former cabinet minister Peter Mackay.

News Source : Hindustan Times

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