Erin O’Toole takes big gamble by siding with trucker convoy protesters

2022-01-29 4:25:00 AM

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.JohnIbbitson: Erin O’Toole takes big gamble by siding with trucker convoy protesters /via globeandmail

The cynical might believe the Conservative Leader is simply trying to outflank opponents within his own party as high-profile Conservatives declare solidarity with the protesters

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is taking the biggest gamble of his political life by siding with truckers rolling to Ottawa in protest against vaccine mandates and other COVID-19 restrictions. That support could galvanize his leadership, or sink it. He’s willing to take that chance.

“The mood is changing,” Mr. O’Toole said in an interview Friday. He believes Canadians are increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of the unvaccinated losing their jobs and being ostracized from society.“There’s a big difference between ‘I can’t go to a movie or a hockey game’ and ‘I’m going to lose my house,’” he said. “The line I’ve drawn is that nobody should lose their job if we can accommodate them.”

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JohnIbbitson globeandmail He is securing the Fuck Trudeau crowd… but the tent doesn’t have room for anyone else🔤 JohnIbbitson globeandmail Organized by Holocaust deniers. JohnIbbitson globeandmail I'm not, never will be, a Conservative. But never in my life would I have believed that one day I would read that a political leader was taking a 'big gamble' by siding with people who are exercising their fundamental right to protest government overreach.

JohnIbbitson globeandmail What does he actually have to lose? 🤷‍♂️ actually in a few months , he’ll be a backbencher in the HOC.😂😂😂 JohnIbbitson globeandmail Big gamble? O’Toole is pandering to the lowest common denominator in the right-wing to hold onto the leadership.

Erin O'Toole plans to meet with truckers protesting vaccine mandates in Ottawa | CBC NewsConservative Leader Erin O'Toole said Thursday he will meet with truckers taking part in a protest against vaccine mandates set for this weekend on Parliament Hill — but does not plan to meet with the actual organizers of the convoy. Of course he will. He needs to beg for their votes bc they’re being purged to PPC. CBCNews As apposed to Justin Trudeau “2022 Hide and Seek World Champion” TrudeauMustGo

Erin O’Toole hoping for another chance after campaign review blames brand, data issues - National | Globalnews.caO’Toole’s personal performance was given mixed reviews in post-2021 election review, which source says found Conservatives fallen “well behind” Liberals on campaign tactics. Maybe he is driving a truck on his way to Ottawa in the KarenKonvoy That's why he's jumping on the truckers bandwagon now 😂 Last ditch hail Mary in hopes of gaining support (which will likely backfire in their faces). He needs to forget about trying to sway the Maverick and PPC party supporters.

CTV National News: O’Toole to meet with truckersConservative Leader Erin O’Toole says he’ll meet with truckers opposed to the federal vaccine mandate. Glen McGregor reports. glen_mcgregor That is a stunning profile shot. glen_mcgregor they should decline the request glen_mcgregor In his parliamentary office?

Canada will not send weapons to Ukraine Politics Insider for Jan. 27: Ottawa prepares for a convoy of angry truckers; Erin O'Toole makes his case to stay on as Tory leader; Neil Young pulls his music off Spotify Not that big of a deal, kinda applies to all of the above.

MPs warned that trucker convoy protesters may target their homesConservative Leader Erin O’Toole said he denounces extremist elements that are ‘using the plight of truckers to bring division,’ but sided more forcefully with the convoy than he had earlier in the week Just one. It’s publicly owned SMS has already shown numerous messages that specifically wrote that it is ok to target the personal residences. If protesters decide to violate common decency, then they deserve the full effects of the law. Children also live in these homes and those of the neighbors. Not ok.

Duclos: 'Vaccines are not to punish people'Jan. 28: Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos comments on the trucker convoy and vaccine mandates. zzzzzzzzero interest. Anti-vaxxers : government lies, and everyone agrees with us .... RESIGN, biggest message from convoy is we no longer trust the government resign,resign

Create Free Account Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is taking the biggest gamble of his political life by siding with truckers rolling to Ottawa in protest against vaccine mandates and other COVID-19 restrictions."I will be meeting with truckers, I will be meeting with parts of the convoy.“He’s so limited in his ability to actually do what he wants because caucus can vote him out,” one sympathetic conservative source told Global News Thursday.CTV News | News Video - Top National News Headlines - News Videos CTV News Video Network CTV News | News Video - Top National News Headlines - News Videos Clip link:.

That support could galvanize his leadership, or sink it. He’s willing to take that chance. The protest, initially billed as a demonstration by Canadian truckers against vaccination rules in their industry, has expanded in recent days to include people with much broader grievances against the federal government and its handling of the pandemic. “The mood is changing,” Mr. “Some of those (lessons) relate to me. O’Toole said in an interview Friday. "There are other groups using the plight of truckers to bring division, hatred, and we need to call that out and stamp it out," O'Toole said, later repeating a call for Canadian politicians to "lower the temperature" around the protest. He believes Canadians are increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of the unvaccinated losing their jobs and being ostracized from society.

“There’s a big difference between ‘I can’t go to a movie or a hockey game’ and ‘I’m going to lose my house,’” he said. 1:38 But the Conservative Leader also voiced opposition to Liberal policy choices. “A big learning is our need to reach out to new Canadians, cultural communities that are such an important part of this country. “The line I’ve drawn is that nobody should lose their job if we can accommodate them.” Many people, including this writer, believe those who refuse vaccines put the rest of us at risk, and for that there should be consequences. In a tweet posted just minutes after his news conference ended, O'Toole said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals want to "smear and demonize" truckers. In coming to their defence, especially in coming to the defence of protesting truckers and their supporters, Mr. “Because we have to make sure we bring more Canadians into our party, (and) make sure their voices are being heard so we can win the next election. O’Toole risks his own political future.

Now Trudeau and his Liberal allies want to smear and demonize them.

Why an anti-vaccine-mandate trucker convoy called the Freedom Rally is driving across Canada The truckers aren’t coming to Ottawa to protest against new federal cross-border restrictions. The Americans have imposed similar restrictions. 👇 “Canada doesn’t function as a trading nation without them.” But the majority of truckers, Canadian and American, are vaccinated and can cross the border freely. Mr. O’Toole is throwing in his lot with the few who refuse. The Conservative Leader portrays the protesters as a beleaguered minority under assault from a tyrannical majority.

But these truckers and their supporters are not some persecuted religious or linguistic or ethnic sect in need of protection from the mob. By refusing vaccinations they are asserting their rights over the rights of patients who desperately need cancer or heart surgery but who must wait because ICUs are clogged largely with the unvaccinated. They imperil the mental and physical health of doctors and nurses who must care for those who become seriously ill. They imperil everyone they are around. Elections are won and lost among middle-class suburban voters.

It’s hard to imagine Mr. O’Toole’s support for the unvaccinated winning over many of those voters, and easy to imagine it alienating most of them. The Conservative Leader knows this. “The pandemic and the measures are particularly challenging for conservative parties,” he said. “We are the party of individual liberty, responsibility, limited state encroachment into your life.

And in the pandemic, there has been some degree of encroachment, and finding the balance is tough.” He believes the intelligent solution is to encourage vaccinations while relying on testing rather than mandates to keep the unvaccinated at work and the community safe. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and most premiers prefer stronger measures, and polls suggest the public agrees. Erin O’Toole’s days as Conservative leader appear to be numbered The cynical might believe that the Conservative Leader is simply trying to outflank opponents within his own party. Former leader Andrew Scheer, deputy leader Candice Bergen, finance critic Pierre Poilievre, MPs Leslyn Lewis and Mark Strahl and several others have declared their solidarity with the protesters.

Many of them also publicly or privately oppose the Durham MP’s continued leadership. Is Mr. O’Toole hoping to accommodate conservative populists who have grown impatient with his more progressive stands on the environment and minority rights by catering to anti-vaxxers? He says no. He speaks of a “bright red line” from the election campaign through to today in which he has consistently encouraged vaccinations, testing and other forms of protection, while opposing vaccine mandates. “Try to accommodate people so that they don’t lose their livelihood, because your livelihood is part of your identity, is for your family, is for your loved ones,” he said.

We may be close to the end of the pandemic phase of COVID-19. By spring, many restrictions could have lifted and life could be back to normal, more or less. When it’s all over, will people remember Erin O’Toole as the leader who championed the rights and liberties of all Canadians, or as the guy who sided with the truckers? We’ll see. .