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Erin O’Toole wins leadership of federal Conservative party

Erin O’Toole wins leadership of federal Conservative party”

O'Toole won in the third round after a close race with MacKay, picking up support of part of the religious right, which had supported Lewis, according to several analysts.

"You put your faith in me to lead this historical party", O'Toole said in his victory speech.

But they also use a ranked ballot, so if no candidate receives that majority after the first count, the candidate with the lowest number of points drops off and his or her supporters' second choices are tallied.

"On behalf of Liberals across Canada, I want to congratulate Erin O'Toole on becoming the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition", the statement issued by Suzanne Cowan, president of the Liberal Party of Canada states.

The results were delayed for several hours after an envelope-opening machine damaged several thousand mailed-in ballots.

The leader was supposed to be announced around 6 p.m. Sunday, but the results didn't come down until around 1 a.m. Monday.

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The Liberal Party also congratulated O'Toole on his win, saying Trudeau and the Liberal team will work him and all parties in the weeks ahead.

"We also hope Mr. O'Toole will reconsider continuing to push the same policies of Stephen Harper and Andrew Scheer that he also proposed in this leadership campaign".

Following a largely virtual campaign due to the coronavirus epidemic, O'Toole, 47, was proclaimed the victor early Monday after a record 175,000 voted in the party race.

"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 said in his acceptance speech in Ottawa.

"After tonight, let's all rally behind the new leader and do everything we can to make sure that the next leader of the Conservative party becomes the next prime minister of this great country", said Scheer. "And we will win the next election".

Upwards of 175,000 party members cast their votes.

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