Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole on Justin Trudeau’s budget

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued the following statement ahead of Justin Trudeau’s 2021 federal budget:

“Across the country, Canadians were looking forward to beginning to re-open and to round the corner on COVID-19. But now, we find ourselves in Justin Trudeau’s third wave. 

“The Prime Minister has moved too slow for this virus – it is racing ahead of us now. Our healthcare workers, our heroes on the frontlines, are breaking their backs because we don’t have adequate vaccine supply.

“For months, as provinces pleaded for more vaccines, the Liberals have been plotting an election. When Justin Trudeau tables his budget this afternoon, Canadians can expect the Liberal government to incur massive new financial commitments that he expects future generations to pay for. 

“Justin Trudeau’s ‘reimagined’ economy is a risky ‘Ottawa-knows-best’ approach that picks winners and losers by deciding which jobs, sectors, and regions of our country will be prosperous. This unproven and incompetent economic approach threatens the personal financial security of Canadians.

“In contrast, Canada’s Conservatives support Canada’s Recovery Plan that secures your personal finances by recovering millions of jobs that have been lost and taking immediate action on the hardest hit sectors, helping those who have suffered the most, including women and young people.

“We will secure the economic future of Canada by creating new opportunities, more jobs, higher wages, and lower taxes.”


Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole announces climate change plan

 

Ottawa, ON – Today, the Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, unveiled the Conservative climate change plan. 

Recognizing the important role Canada has in combatting climate change, the comprehensive plan will achieve substantially the same emissions reductions by 2030 as the government's current plan, while creating jobs and growing the economy.

"Our plan takes swift action on climate change," said O'Toole. "Our plan trusts Canadian families to be part of the climate change plan. When compared to the Trudeau Carbon Tax, our plan is just as effective in emission reduction but vastly superior in preserving jobs and growing the Canadian economy."

The plan includes scrapping the federal carbon tax and working with the provinces to implement an innovative, national Personal Low Carbon Savings Account. This will maintain a price on carbon, without one penny going to the government, recognizing that Canadians are the ones who should be choosing the best way for them to live a greener lifestyle.

The plan includes several other measures, including:

  • Requiring automakers to sell more zero emission vehicles;
  • Lowering industrial emissions;
  • Increasing use of renewable natural gas; and
  • Implementing a low carbon fuel standard.

Independent analysis, conducted by Navius Research, found that the plan would be expected to achieve substantially the same emissions reductions as the government’s current plan in 2030, while resulting in a boost to jobs and the economy.

“We will fight climate change and protect the environment, but we won’t do it on the backs of hardworking Canadians,” said O’Toole.

Details on the Conservative plan to combat climate change can be found here.


Statement from Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole on Justin Trudeau’s vaccine failure

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued the following statement:

“Canadians are having a very difficult time coping with the current spike in COVID-19 cases and accompanying lockdowns. Hospitalizations and ICU admissions are soaring. Business are closed, and workers are losing their jobs or having their hours cut. 

“The mental health crisis our communities have been struggling with across Canada has deepened, and Canadian families are worried about their children.

“This is what Justin Trudeau’s vaccine failure looks like. It has had real consequences for Canadians. 

“In the United States, cases and hospitalizations are dropping. Business are opening, restaurant patios are busy, and fans are returning to watch in-person NHL, NBA, and MLB games. This is happening because the US population is vaccinated.

“Our current situation in Canada was avoidable. This is Justin Trudeau’s third wave. 

“Today I will be meeting with the Prime Minister, and while he has rejected our suggestions in the past, I am hopeful he will be more willing to listen this time, especially given the seriousness of the situation we are in and the failure of his current approach. 

“As Parliament returns for five weeks ahead of the summer, Conservatives will demonstrate that our Canada Recovery Plan will be the first step towards securing the future for all Canadians.”


Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole pledges pandemic response public inquiry

 

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued the following statement:
 
“Last spring, when it was clear that vaccines would be the key tool to turn the page in the crisis, Justin Trudeau dropped the ball completely.
 
“He turned to China, of all countries, to partner with on the making of a vaccine. It was the worst in a series of bad decisions and it is why we are lagging the developed world today.
 
“We’re still scrambling to catch up. It’s a national disgrace, especially in a country as strong and prosperous as Canada.
 
“It all belongs to the past. What matters is the future. What matters is that this never, ever happens again.
 
“Last month, Canada marked a National Day of Observance for those lost to this pandemic, but to truly honour their memory, we must pledge to learn from the mistakes made and improve our resilience and readiness as a country.
 
“Our attention should be on getting the country back on its feet.
 
“But when the pandemic is over, we need answers, we need to know what worked and what didn’t. We need complete transparency and accountability.
 
“A Conservative government will call a public inquiry to examine every aspect of the government’s pandemic response. We also call on the government to appoint a special monitor from the Office of the Auditor General to track the pandemic response in real time to ensure that valuable ‘lessons learned’ are captured for future emergency readiness.
 
“The inquiry will ensure that all lessons learned from the crisis are publicly aired and learnings can immediately be adopted. Canada must be better prepared for future threats. We cannot afford to once again fail to keep Canadians safe.
 
“To secure the future, we must learn from the past.”


Conservative statement on Liberal Carbon Tax Supreme Court ruling

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on the Liberal Carbon Tax:
 
“Canada’s Conservatives will repeal Justin Trudeau’s Carbon Tax. We will protect the environment and fight the reality of climate change, but we won't do it by making the poorest pay more.
 
“The Supreme Court recognized that policies related to emission reduction touch on federal and provincial jurisdiction. Conservatives prefer a collaborative approach to tackling climate change to make progress while also helping maintain a strong economy.
 
“After promising not to, Justin Trudeau tripled the Carbon Tax, jeopardizing hundreds of thousands of jobs. Under Trudeau, Canada’s unemployment rate is among the highest in the G-7 and we are experiencing the worst economic growth since the great depression. It’s impossible to understand why Trudeau would choose now, of all times, to put Canadians out of work.
 
“The Supreme Court highlighted the risk of carbon leakage between provinces. The same risk of leakage of jobs and investment exists between Canada and the United States.
 
“Canada’s Conservatives will put forward a clear and comprehensive climate plan focused on reducing emissions, but we won’t do it on the backs of the poorest and working Canadians.
 
“Our relentless focus will remain on securing jobs, securing the economy, and securing our future.”


Conservative statement on International Women’s Day

Ottawa, ON – Jag Sahota, Conservative Shadow Minister for Women and Gender Equality, released the following statement in recognition of International Women’s Day:

“Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. First celebrated in 1911, International Women’s Day is an opportunity for us to not only reflect on the achievements that the women before us have accomplished in the fight for gender equality, but also on the work that remains for our generation.

“As a woman, I am eternally grateful for their dedication and advocacy, but as I said in the House of Commons, I am looking forward to future generations looking back and being proud of our accomplishments and being able to build upon them. The work to build an equal Canada is never really complete.

“As a female MP in the Conservative Party of Canada, I am proud of our continued advocacy and our long history of supporting women across our country. Not only was it under a Conservative government that a woman’s right to vote was recognized, but women play a vital and leading role in our Party today.

“Unfortunately, I am very disheartened by the lack of action we are seeing from this Liberal government.

“In 2019, the Liberals promised Canadian women a National Action Plan to combat gender-based violence, but we have no plan. This broken promise is disheartening, especially at a time when women are disproportionately disadvantaged by the pandemic. Actions speak louder than words, and women and girls across Canada need a government that will support them.

“On International Women’s Day, and every day, Canada’s Conservatives will continue to call on the Liberal government to take real, meaningful action to support women across Canada as we focus on securing our future.”


Statement from Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole on lack of economic leadership

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on the GDP numbers released by Statistics Canada:
 
“Today’s GDP numbers confirm that our country and its workers are in desperate need of economic leadership.
 
“We are almost a year into the pandemic and Justin Trudeau has failed to put forward an economic plan that will get Canadians back to work. Under the Liberal government, Canada has had a record economic decline, the highest unemployment in the G7, and the worst economic growth per capita since the Great Depression.
 
"The fact is Canada spent more per capita in this crisis and is achieving the worst outcomes in the G7 when it comes to employment, vaccine rollout, and business confidence.
 
“Unlike the Trudeau Liberals, Conservatives will work hard to promote an economic recovery that benefits all Canadians. This means jobs and growth in every sector of the economy and in every part of the country.
 
“Conservatives are ready to do whatever it takes to get the economy back on track and secure our future. Canada’s Conservatives got us out of the last recession – and I know we can lead Canada out of this one too.”


Statement from Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole on Liberal COVID-19 response

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, released the following statement on the latest disastrous developments in Canada’s vaccination procurement:

“Today is another disappointing day for Canadians who know that without vaccines, there is no recovery.

“Canada’s daily vaccination rate is the lowest in the G7 – and we have no domestic manufacturing capacity. Now, we’ve learned that there are no confirmed shipments of Moderna vaccines after this week.

“This news is not only frustrating for Canadians, but devastating. We cannot secure jobs, we cannot secure our economy, we cannot secure the future until Canadians are vaccinated.

“We need the government to succeed in securing vaccines for the sake of all Canadians – but Justin Trudeau is letting us down. Every cancelled delivery of vaccines, every delay of vaccines, means Canada has to wait longer to turn the corner in this pandemic. It’s another day that businesses are forced to stay shuttered and families are forced to be apart.

“The Liberals need to be honest with Canadians on what they’re doing to secure the vital tools needed today to fight COVID-19 and secure our future.”


Conservatives smash fundraising records to close out 2020

 

O’Toole’s Conservatives post record-breaking second half, and record-breaking Q4

Erin O’Toole’s first six months as leader of the Conservative Party has brought in record fundraising totals, and has put the party well on track towards funding a full election campaign, just 14 months after the last federal election. O’Toole’s Conservatives raised over $7.6 million in Q4, a record Q4 for any party, bringing the second half of 2020 to a fundraising total of over $13.3 million – a record outside of an election for any party.

“Since the start of my leadership, we’ve worked tirelessly on behalf of Canadians, and thanks to a second half that had a record-breaking amount of support from Canadians looking for change in the government, our Conservative team can focus exclusively on getting as many people back to work, in every part of Canada, in every sector, as quickly as possible,” said O’Toole. “The Liberals can focus on keeping their own jobs, Conservatives are focused on securing yours. We’re ready to do whatever it takes to get the economy back on track, while the Liberals are ready to do whatever it takes to help themselves and their well-connected friends.”

The Conservative’s Q4 fundraising total of $7,661,755 from 46,234 donors is a record Q4 for any political party in Canada. The second half fundraising total of $13,316,937 is a record second half outside an election for any political party in Canada.

“We know the next election is going to be about securing the future of the country,” said O’Toole. “It’s securing the financial future, securing jobs, and securing our economic recovery. Our team is focused on jobs, wages, and getting Canada’s finances back on track. These fundraising results show clearly that Canadians are responding to our message, and are trusting us to lead and manage the economy.”

The next fundraising report will cover January to March 2021, and will be released by Elections Canada at the end of April.


Erin O’Toole welcomes former PEI Liberal Minister of Health, Doug Currie, to Conservative team

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole welcomed a new candidate to his team today. Prince Edward Island’s former Liberal Minister of Health, Doug Currie, has been acclaimed as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the riding of Charlottetown for the next federal election. Currie served as MLA for District 11 Charlottetown-Parkdale from 2007 to 2017 and held several cabinet roles during that time, including his tenure as Health Minister.

“It’s been frustrating for all Canadians to watch the government’s on-going failure to procure and deliver vaccines for Canadians,” said O’Toole. “We want the government to succeed – for the sake of every Canadian. I’m proud to be welcoming Doug to our Conservative team as someone with Cabinet experience in the Health portfolio, and as someone who understands we cannot secure jobs without a vaccine, we cannot secure our economic recovery without a vaccine, and we cannot secure the future without a vaccine. With Canada sitting at just 1.46% of our population vaccinated, we’re well behind the pace of other nations. Our Conservative team cannot accept this kind of failure with so much at stake.”

“As the federal government navigates the post-pandemic economic recovery, we need a strong voice in Ottawa to ensure the needs of the people of Charlottetown are being met,” says Currie. “That’s why I’m joining the Erin O’Toole team and Canada’s Conservatives. We need a competent, compassionate and prudent plan that supports the well-being of the people of Charlottetown and the unique needs of Islanders for generations to come.”

In addition to his time as PEI Health Minister, Currie has extensive experience leading bipartisan provincial and federal healthcare initiatives. He is also a former educator and principal and has served as PEI’s Minister of Education on two separate occasions. He is currently Vice President of Corporate Services, Strategic Development and Stakeholder Relations at Holland College.

Currie is a lifelong resident of Charlottetown where he lives with his family. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Master of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick.

“We are very pleased that Doug Currie is our candidate for the next federal election, someone I know as a quality, well-liked individual with political and cabinet experience,” said Ron Profit, President of the Charlottetown Conservative Electoral District Association. “Doug is passionate and has a proven dedication to the community and to the people of Charlottetown.”



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