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Ottawa, Aug 24 (Canadian-Media): Erin O'Toole wins Canada's Conservative Party leadership race Aug 24 by getting 57 percent of the votes on the third and final ballot, compared to 43 percent for second-place contender Peter MacKay, media reports said.
Erin O'Toole. Image credit: Twitter handle
O'Toole was victorious after Leslyn Lewis dropped off on the second ballot, and Derek Sloan dropped off after the first ballot.
The final results of the leadership race for the Conservative Party were announced shortly after 1 a.m. ET Aug 24 after a six-hour delay due to glitches with the ballots.
O'Toole, with great promises to broaden the party's base of supporters and present a vision to make Canada more prosperous said in his acceptance speech said he would champion Conservative values and hold Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to account.
"We must continue to point out Liberal failings and corruption, but we must also show Canadians our vision for a stronger, more prosperous and more united Canada."
O'Toole acknowledged the party was in need to broaden its base to win the next election and reached out to all Canadians from diverse backgrounds in all regions of the country and said,
"I believe that whether you are Black, white, brown or from any race or creed, whether you are LGBT or straight, whether you are an Indigenous Canadian or have joined the Canadian family three weeks ago or three generations ago, whether you're doing well or barely getting by, whether you worship on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or not at all … you are an important part of Canada, and you have a home in the Conservative Party of Canada."
O'Toole's victory speech suggests he understands the need to reach out to a broader base of voters with a positive message, said David Stewart, a political science professor at the University of Calgary, in an email, reported by CBC News.
"The Conservatives have badly underestimated Trudeau in two elections and have to be careful not to assume that the current controversies will dominate the next election,"
Andrew Scheer, the outgoing Conservative Party leader, in his farewell speech urged all Conservative party members to reach out to new supporters by staying united.
"In times like these, it is even more important for every single Conservative to stay united and do everything we can to work together to spread our message of hope," he said.
"It doesn't matter what kind of Conservative you are. Our party needs all of you and we need you to go out and find more people who share our beliefs. Please stay involved. Be bold. Think. Challenge the mainstream media. Don't take the left-wing media narrative as fact."