UPDATED 2:15 PM PT – Monday, August 24, 2020
The Conservative Party of Canada elected its new leader of the opposition to challenge liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the coming years.
On Monday, the conservatives announced lawmaker Erin O’Toole of Durham, Ontario will be the new party leader. This came after he defeated his main opponent, Peter Mackay, by a margin of 5 million votes.
In a statement following the vote, O’Toole said he will work to bring back manufacturing jobs to Canada and keep his country safe.
“We need a leader who puts Canadians first, and we’ll stand up for Canada and our interests in a challenging world where we’ve lost the respect of our friends and allies,” stated the conservative. ” The world still needs more Canada, it just needs less Justin Trudeau.”
It’s time to grow our team. Are you with me? ? pic.twitter.com/CAv5gPqLLb
— Erin O’Toole (@ErinOTooleMP) August 24, 2020
Observers noted a similarity between O’Toole’s statement and the agenda of President Trump by suggesting Canada may be working to repeat the latest economic success of the U.S.