In what comes as more disappointment from the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Erin O’Toole has reportedly fired Senator Denise Batters via voicemail for speaking out over his failed election campaign and leadership style.
Following the poor performance of Canada’s conservatives in the 2021 general election, the knives were out for O’Toole after the party performed worse than Andrew Scheer in 2019.
No one has wanted to put an end to O’Toole’s leadership more than the Saskatchewan Senator. Senator Batters has started an online petition available at MembersVote.ca to remove O’Toole from his position.
As Leader, O’Toole has watered down and even entirely reversed policy positions without the input of party or caucus members. On the carbon tax, on firearms, on conscience rights – he has contradicted positions within the same week, the same day, and even within the same sentence!
It also appears that her dissent has not gone down well at CPC HQ, as reports are now emerging that O’Toole has removed Batters from the Conservative Party caucus, doing so via voicemail.
If true, this purely demonstrates a degree of cowardice from the CPC leader, regardless of whether you support his leadership or not. As a degree of courtesy, no-one should have to lose a professional position by voicemail, and for the party that believes in free speech and open dialogue, it is hypocritical for its leader to axe those who disagree with what has, so far, been a dismal campaign.
To sign the petition to remove Erin O’Toole from his leadership role, please click here. To sign, you must already have been a Conservative Party member for twenty-one (21) days. If you are not currently a member, you can sign up for a CPC membership today and sign the petition 21 days from now.
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