Conservative leader Erin O’Toole says she has launched a review looking at her party’s electoral defeat, stressing that she is committed to making sure the Conservatives are ready for battle next time.
O’Toole appeared on his party’s broadcast studio in downtown Ottawa in a less animated tone than during his speech early Tuesday after the election results were released.
Mail ballots have yet to be counted, but so far projections show the Conservatives finished with 119 seats, compared to the Liberals with 158, returning the Grits to Parliament with a minority government.
O’Toole currently has two fewer seats than his predecessor Andrew Scheer when the Conservatives lost the 2019 federal election.
Scheer was re-elected as a member of Parliament in Saskatchewan, but resigned as leader after the last election after a campaign of internal pressure to leave.
O’Toole says that no one is more disappointed than him by the lack of match earnings in Metro Vancouver, Greater Toronto and Quebec, which would have provided them with a path to victory.
The conservative leader said the party was 2,000 votes in 30 constituencies and will work to close that gap.
He did not respond whether he plans to initiate a leadership review with his supporters or the caucus.
Staying at the forefront of the party could prove a challenge for the Conservative leader after he took risks with his base by moving it further to the political center for a chance to win seats in Ontario, which did not materialize.
This Canadian Press report was first published on September 21, 2021.