O’Toole promises to overthrow Trudeau ‘at the right time’ but mom in fall election – National


Conservative MP and candidate Erin O’Toole said that while he plans to overthrow the Liberal government if he is elected leader at the “right time”, he does not say whether or not it will be this fall. .In an interview with West Block Host Mercedes Stephenson, O’Toole was asked whether or not he shared Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet’s point of view that an election should be called this fall due to the WE Charity scandal, despite the pandemic of coronavirus in progress.

He was also asked if he would commit to waiting for advice from scientists and from Elections Canada, which is currently planning preparations for a possible election in the midst of a pandemic.

“In recent years we’ve had more advance polls, so it’s not rocket science,” O’Toole said, noting that his children will be among those returning to school next month.

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“It can be done safely and efficiently and it will be, and we will bring down this corrupt and incompetent government at the right time, but we will have to see what the will of the people in Parliament is.”

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For weeks, the government has been embroiled in conflict of interest accusations over the decision to grant the controversial administration of the WE charity on a student services scholarship program.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau have family financial ties to the group, but have not recused themselves from Cabinet talks on the deal.

Both are currently under investigation by the Ethics Commissioner.

The timeline of Trudeau’s WE Charity controversy

The timeline of Trudeau’s WE Charity controversy

Blanchet said last week he would bring in a motion of no confidence in October to try to trigger an election over the scandal if Trudeau, Morneau and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff do not resign.

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But public health officials warn of the possibility of a second wave of the pandemic in the fall and said on Friday that there is a risk that health systems will be overwhelmed if cases increase.

READ MORE: Coronavirus cases could overtake Canada’s healthcare capacity this fall, officials warn

Elections Canada is evaluating the best way to conduct an election during a pandemic or after a pandemic, given the higher risks to older and vulnerable Canadians.

The agency says it expects to be ready for a wide range of scenarios by April 2021 and that while it could hold an election before that, the mitigation measures planned and sought out may not be fully realized. available.

“If an election were to take place before April 2021, Elections Canada would put in place the mitigation measures developed up to that point,” the agency said on its website. “These measures will be developed in consultation with health experts and clearly communicated to voters.

O’Toole said he plans to consult with the caucus if elected leader to hear their views before making a decision on whether to support an election.

The Conservatives, the Bloc and the NDP should all agree to have the number of votes necessary to topple the government, and the NDP has so far suggested the party see a way to keep things working with the government. as long as reforms to things like employment insurance are made.

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The coronavirus has so far killed more than 9,000 Canadians and sickened an estimated 121,354 others.

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