Chilliwack-Hope Conservatives overwhelmingly chose Leslyn Lewis in the first round of voting for a new party leader, but after Derek Sloan and Lewis were eliminated following the first two rounds, Erin O’Toole was the top choice over Peter MacKay.

MP Strahl sends out hearty congratulations to the new Conservative leader

Erin O’Toole’ win was a ‘unifying victory’ for the Conservative Party of Canada, Strahl says

The newly elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is receiving hearty congratulations from the member of Parliament for Chilliwack-Hope, Mark Strahl.

Calling Erin O’Toole’s leadership win on Aug. 23 a “unifying victory,” MP Strahl sent his sincerest congratulations to welcome the new leader of the Official Opposition.

“Congratulations to my friend Erin O’Toole for winning the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race,” Strahl said in a release.

The election of O’Toole was decided in three ballots.

“The local Conservative Party membership in Chilliwack-Hope was behind Erin, with 78 per cent support on the final ballot,” Strahl added.

Leadership candidate Leslyn Lewis was in the lead among local constituents after the first two rounds of voting.

”Special thanks to Leslyn Lewis who ran a great campaign and received sizeable local support on the first and second ballots. Thanks to all four candidates for putting their names forward in this historic leadership race where we secured more votes in our Party’s history and our highest voter turnout ever.”

Strahl called O’Toole is a principled leader with real-world experience “who will fight for all Canadians.”

“Under Erin’s leadership, we will come together as a strong, united party. We will respect one another and our diversity of opinions and we will work together like never before.”

The local MP said he thinks the new leader will engage Canadians with “a compelling, positive and principled vision.”

He thanked outgoing leader Andrew Scheer and his wife, Jill for their service and sacrifice for the party and the country over the last three years.

“Erin O’Toole has a plan to get our country back on its feet by rebuilding our nation to make us more prosperous, more secure, more resilient and more independent than ever before. I look forward to working with him to make that happen,” Strahl added.

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