The race to replace Erin O'Toole has gotten another candidate today, Marc Dalton the British Columbia MP for Pitt Meadows - Maple Ridge announced Sunday via a video that he was running for the leadership.
"I'm announcing today my candidacy for the Leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada," Dalton said in a video. "As leader one of my first action will be to call for a National inquiry into the COVID pandemic."
Dalton got his start in politics as a school board trustee than in 2009 was elected as BC Liberal in the riding of Maple Ridge-Mission. He was defeated as an MLA in 2017, and was elected as MP for the riding of Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge in 2019.
The Video of his campaign launch was posted on Youtube took aim directly at Justin Trudeau and the Liberals handling of the pandemic, " (I want) an inquiry into how multi-million dollar contracts got into the hands and pockets of Liberal buddies. An Inquiry into how much of the government's actions was about political advantage rather than public health.
"An Inquiry into the breaches of the Canadian Charter Rights. And the coercive measures that the government took to get people vaccinated," Dalton stated.
Dalton becomes the 8th candidate to announce their campaign. Others include Ontario MP Pierre Poilievre, Leslyn Lewis, and Scot Aitchison, Ontario Independent MPP Roman Baber, Saskatchewan Business Leader Joseph Bourgault, Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and Former CPC candidate in Scarborough Bobby Singh.
As the sitting member of parliament to announce their bid for the leadership to date, Dalton said, "My roots also run very deep in Western Canada. I'm proud of my Indigenous and Metis heritage, First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people are a part of who we are in Canada. My desire for them, for all Canadians, is to thrive and prosper."
Candidates for leadership have until April 19th to join the race to replace Erin O'Toole. A new leader will be elected on September 10th.