EDITORIAL: The Conservative Hunger Games Begin



The Conservative Party is making the Hunger Games look enjoyable.


This week Conservatives Members of Parliament will come together to vote the future of the Conservative Party. Will they stick with the pony that brought them or go with a new fancy one and force a leadership race in 2022.


Will Erin O'Toole win and survive the test of leadership or will he go down in history as just another failed Leader of Opposition like Andrew Scheer, Michael Ignatieff, Stephane Dion, Stockwell Day, Preston Manning, and Thomas Mulcair.


O'Toole has an uphill battle to fight, with over 60 MP's already signing a letter stating that they want a review of the Durham-ON MP leadership.


If he fails to secure his leadership and win the vote the party will be pushed into another leadership race, a third in more than 5 years (2017, and 2020). Each time the party become more divided.


Andrew Scheer won in 2017, but Maxime Bernier split from the party after his loss and formed the now surging Peoples Party of Canada.


When O'Toole won in 2020, the party tried to form a united front, but months after his win he had to kick out a leadership challenger, Derek Sloan. Sloan has gone on to run in Alberta as an Independent MP, and now leaders the Ontario Party which is heading into the Ontario Provincial Election.


Now the party is at a cross roads - will they stick with the Leader who promised them the return to the promise land of government, or will they turf him to go with someone new and more energetic than O'Toole.


While the focus is on the leadership ballot and not a future leadership race, we wanted to take a moment and look at potential leadership contenders.