Erin O'Toole rejected from Tory leadership

Erin O’ Toole dismissed from Conservative leadership

The leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Erin O'Toole, holds a press briefing after the TV debate on TVA-LCN./Josie Desmarais/Metro

The Conservatives no longer trust Erin O’Toole. He lost an internal vote and is therefore no longer leader of the federal party.

Of 119 caucus MPs, 45 backed his leadership, while 73 voted to leave. Nearly a third of Tory MPs had demanded a vote of confidence in Erin O’Toole's status.

A new interim leader will be named on Wednesday evening, before a leadership race is concluded. New Brunswick elected official John Williamson has already shown interest in the job.

“As interim leader, I will respect what our movement, our party and our caucus have to say,” Williamson said. I come from the grassroots movement of our party and have a deep respect for Parliament.”

Before entering politics, Mr. Williamson served as an adviser to Stephen Harper.

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