A major political announcement in the region Friday morning. Durham MP Erin O’Toole has just added his name to the already 6 candidates vying for Stephen Harper’s former job.
“I’m proud to be here today in my hometown to announce that I am entering the race to be the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.”
After weeks of speculation Erin O’Toole makes it official. The MP for Durham made the announcement in Bowmanviile surrounded by friends and family, including his father John O’Toole, the former MPP for Durham for almost 20 years.
“I was first surprised to be honest I have not been coaching him since I retired I do watch him with great respect I can foresee the challenges of the current government. It is not unpopular and there is going to be a lot of hard work pulling the party together.”
The 43 year old has been the federal MP for Durham since the 2012 by-election. He is a former officer in the royal Canadian air force. Under the Harper Government, O’Toole served as Veteran’s Affairs Minister.
“If you look around the world during the last global recession Canada was a leader economically, job creation, we opened up new markets for agriculture and we helped save the auto sector, which here in Durham is critical.”
“His time in the military taught him discipline, respect, and it’s a team thing, it’s no one person wins a war, there is leadership that inspires and I am sure the quality of his character will be great for this campaign.”
O’Toole says the first step he will take if elected as the new leader is to bring the conservative party together and regain the trust of Canadians.
“The first is Atlantic Canada in particular. We have a very strong team, in fact 1/3 of elected members of parliament are brand new. And they are bringing new experience and perspective but we lots bad in Atlantic Canada and my roots there my family there, my time serving in the military that will be a particular area of focus for me.”
Conservatives will elect their new leader on May 27th.