One Day after Senator Denise Batters announced via social media that she was launching a petition to review Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole Leadership, she was tossed from caucus.
Batters announced on Social Media that O'Toole left a Voice Mail about the decision to fire her from caucus, " Tonight, Erin O'Toole tried to silence me for giving our #CPC members a voice. I will not be silenced by a leader so weak that he fired me VIA VOICEMAIL."
In a news release O'Toole stated that Batters showed a lack of respect to him and the conservative caucus, " I will not tolerate an individual discrediting and showing a clear lack of respect towards the efforts of the entire Conservative Caucus."
O'Toole states that the focus should be on holding Trudeau to account, " Just eight weeks ago, Canadians elected Conservatives to hold Justin Trudeau accountable for his economic mismanagement and fight the cost of living crisis, skyrocketing inflation, and supply chain issues that are crippling businesses."
Senator Batters was appointed to the Upper Chamber in 2013 on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Removing Batters from the Conservative Caucus will reduce the Conservative Party of Canada in the Senate to 17 seats. The Independent Senators Group has 43 seats, the Progressive Senate Group has 14 seats, the Canadian Senators Group has 12, there are 7 non-affliated senators (including Batters) and 11 vacancies.
Under Senate Rules, Batters can serve until 2045.