LILLEY: O’Toole should focus on Trudeau, not dumb mistakes of others
Chaos might be the best word to describe what is going on around Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole.
For the second day in a row, O’Toole was trying to raise important issues surrounding the governing of this country, or lack thereof, and he was sideswiped by members of his own party.
First, the news of a letter sent by the Conservative Party’s governing National Council demanding emails and phone records from a wayward member who has called for O’Toole’s ouster, and then an apology from an MP who has spent nearly the last week giving him headaches.
Once again, as O’Toole was sounding the alarm on the lack of leadership from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, people around him were setting fires.
With Michelle Rempel-Garner covering the natural resources file and Pierre Poilievre attacking on finance, O’Toole has placed two of his best communicators on files where there are stark differences between the Liberals and the Conservatives. The Liberals appear willing to spend Canada into oblivion while shutting down key industries like oil and gas and ignoring the inflation crisis hitting many families.
Rempel-Garner and Poilievre are welcome antidotes to the Liberal complacency.
Sadly though, O’Toole once again is having to deal with internal struggles and answer questions about those issues. This isn’t the usual problem of the media being tougher on Conservative leaders than Liberal ones, the Conservatives have caused these problems, and asking about them is legitimate.