Erin O’Toole, the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the main rival of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has little name recognition among Canadians and is part of his own party, especially Alberta.
He leaves it with a significantly enhanced public profile, whether or not His party controls Mr Trudeau and leaves his seat.
Autour, 48, became the party leader through a virtual campaign about a year ago, replacing Andrew Scheer, who defeated the party in parliament in the 2019 elections. Mr. Outur won by appealing to the party’s right wing on a platform that promised to “regain Canada.”
But instead of regaining Canada, he soon began to take the leftist position. Obviously it was an effort to expand the appeal of the Conservative Party.
He abandoned his promise to never introduce a carbon tax, a key issue in oil-rich Alberta. He quickly moved away from the party’s social conservatives on issues such as abortion and LGBTQ rights, and contacted members whose traditional home was the Central Left New Democratic Party.
In the middle of the campaign, he also abandoned Mr Trudeau’s pledge to lift the ban on about 1,500 models of military rifles, allowing firearm manufacturers and others to join a committee reviewing firearm rules. I promised to do it.
The campaign has largely silenced them, although some conservatives have offended many leaders with changes in stance that they consider to be betrayal. Opinion polls over the last few weeks show that support for both Mr. Outur and his party has increased, but support for Mr Trudeau and his Liberal Party has declined.
On Election Day, the two parties were each trapped in about 30 percent of their statistical ties.
Mr. Outur, the son of a state legislator, started politics relatively late. He studied at the Royal Military University of Canada and spent 12 years as a navigator in Canada’s then-shipped helicopter fleet.
He worked for two major law firms in Toronto and later served as a corporate advisor at Procter & Gamble Canada. Then the resignation of a minister from a seat in his hometown of Durham, Ontario gave him an opportunity. He was elected to the seat in 2012.