2021-09-15 17:33:10 To Unseat Trudeau in Canada’s Election, O’Toole Veers Left
To Unseat Trudeau in Canada’s Election, O’Toole Veers Left
Mr. O’Toole unsuccessfully ran as a moderate to replace Mr. Harper as the party’s leader in 2017. Last year, he won with a hard-right strategy, campaigning as a “true blue Conservative” (blue is the party’s color) who promised to “take back” Canada. Mr. O’Toole, however, repudiated much of that after winning, launching an appeal to union members, a group rarely courted by Conservatives in the past, while making it clear that he would not reopen the abortion debate.
Mr. O’Toole and his aides have studied the efforts of David Cameron, the former British prime minister, to modernize that country’s Conservative Party in preparation for next week’s vote. And, as Mr. Trudeau did in 2015, they have sought to target voters who do not typically vote on Election Day.
Younger people were important to Mr. Trudeau. Mr. O’Toole believes it is blue-collar workers who are concerned about the future of their jobs and are irritated, if not outraged, by Mr. Trudeau’s political correctness.
According to Lori Turnbull, a political science professor at Dalhousie University, the experience of the British Conservatives shows that the idea has merit, but it also poses a challenge to the party’s Election Day machinery.
“The question then becomes, will they actually come out for him?” She stated.
Mr. O’Toole has also worked on improving his diet and increasing his exercise levels, and has lost about 40 pounds in the last year or so.
Above all, he has concentrated on his new moderate campaign platform, which is available in the form of a 160-page glossy magazine. Mr. O’Toole has changed his leadership campaign slogan from “Take Back Canada” to “We Have a Plan.”