Seven social policies of the Conservative Party’s new leader

Erin O’Toole’s new platform promises strong action on domestic violence, environmental policy improvements, and a social enterprise support program

Why It Matters

Erin O’Toole, the newly nominated head of the Conservative Party of Canada, could become Canada’s next Prime Minister. In the face of a looming economic crisis and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, O’Toole’s responses to major social issues – and the plight of social impact organizations – will be critical.

After a down-to-the-wire leadership convention on August 23 , Erin O’Toole – a former Air Force navigator and lawyer – is now the leader of Canada’s Conservative Party and the official opposition.

He takes over the reins from outgoing leader Andrew Scheer at a time of intense national crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has killed thousands of Canadians. An economic recession is breaking over the country, with record high unemployment rates and rising national debt. The current minority Liberal government is making drastic decisions to keep Canada’s economy ticking while trying to appease opposition parties.

O’Toole has positioned himself as a leader willing to not only take on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a general election, but also articulate a new vision for the Conservative Party. He says he accepts a woman’s right to choose, wants to fix long stand

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