Erin O’Toole MP, who has long championed migration, trade and foreign policy agreements between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, has been elected as the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
O’Toole defeated three other candidates on the night of August 23rd to take the top role within the party and will now serve as leader of the official opposition in the Canadian parliament.
Throughout the leadership campaign and as Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs, he frequently endorsed CANZUK in TV and radio interviews while appealing to voters as an MP with a strong foreign affairs plan:
“I’ve long been a champion of the idea for closer ties between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom”, he said in May. “To me, it just makes sense that these traditional allies, Commonwealth members and partners would build deeper ties. In a world facing growing challenges from Russia and China, it has never been more important for free market, freedom-loving democracies to work together.”
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The Ontario MP amplified CANZUK within his 2020 campaign platform, becoming the lead advocate for the proposal and promoting reciprocal living and working rights, trade, defence partnerships and intelligence cooperation between the four countries.
At present, the current Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is governing as a minority parliament, meaning the party does not have a majority of seats and requires the support of other political parties within the House of Commons to pass legislation. This has led to speculation that an election could be called as early as Fall, where CANZUK will be a definitive part of the O’Toole platform given its overwhelming adoption at the 2018 party convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
CANZUK International congratulates Erin O’Toole on his successful leadership bid and will continue to work and engage with the newly elected leader of the opposition to advance the CANZUK campaign within the Canadian parliament.
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