Why Canadian Conservatives Lost the Election

Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole speaks at a press conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, September 21, 2021. (Patrick Doyle/Reuters)
When they went soft on core principles, demoralized voters stayed home or voted for an upstart third party.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hen Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau called a snap election for this past Monday, the Conservative opposition had the chance to present a real contrast to his “woke” Liberal government. Instead, Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole ran a muddled campaign that resulted in the Conservatives doing worse than in their 2019 showing. The Liberals will form a minority government, with 158 seats in Parliament, while Conservatives will have 119 and other parties will have 61.

O’Toole won a party vote to become leader last year, promising to run as a “true-blue conservative.” But during his campaign, he disavowed his party’s past

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