The Freedom Convoy that made its way to Ottawa was the catalyst for the caucus revolt which will see O’Toole thrown out of the Opposition Leaders Office, as well as his historic publically subsidized home, Stornoway.
Calgary MP Bob Benzen doubled down on Tuesday with calls to turf O’Toole/ to right the Conservative ship, asking his colleagues to yank O’Toole from the podium.
“We can be the party of Kim Campbell, or we can be the party of Stephen Harper,” Benzen said in an open letter to his colleagues.
The move appears to be calculated, coming at a time when Erin O’Toole has never been further offside with the party base.
Late Monday night, Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole officially faced calls for a caucus review of his leadership.
The challenge was the first of its kind for O’Toole and came after a turbulent week for the failing leader. Pundits noticed a “vacuum of leadership,” where backbench MPs ended up setting party policy while O’Toole waffled over his support for the Freedom Convoy.
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“As one of only seven sitting Members of Parliament to endorse Mr. O’Toole in both the 2017 and 2020 leadership contests, this decision did not come lightly,” Calgary Heritage MP Bob Benzen said.
“I am calling for a caucus review of Erin O’Toole’s leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.”
“Mr. O’Toole campaigned in the leadership contest as a principled conservative voice that would unite the party. However, since Mr. O’Toole assumed the position of Leader, there have been numerous instances of flip-flops and questionable judgement on Mr. O’Toole’s part.”
“I feel that the Conservative caucus has given Mr. O’Toole more than enough chances for a course correction to resolve the concerns of many of the grassroots members of our party. In consideration of Mr. O’Toole’s record as Leader, I believe a caucus leadership review is the only way to avoid a dangerous split in the Conservative Party that may not be repairable,” Benzen concluded.