February 16, 2022

O’Toole faces new call for leadership review from Alberta riding association board

OTTAWA —
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is facing another challenge to his leadership.

A motion passed Saturday by the board of the Alberta Foothills riding association calls for O’Toole to face an early leadership review to ensure the party is united before “an imminent election.”

The call is coming days before a party review of last fall’s election loss will be presented to the Conservative caucus at a retreat.

O’Toole isn’t set to face a review by members until 2023, but some MPs and party members want one sooner following his performance as leader and attempts to move the party to the centre.

Conservative Sen. Denise Batters spearheaded a petition in the fall also calling for an early review but it was dismissed by party officials as invalid.

The Foothills request now sits with party leadership and the national council, both of whom have been contacted for comment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan.25, 2022

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