Review of Conservative election defeat must include O’Toole’s flaws, says Sen. Denise Batters

Senator Denise Batters was ousted from the Conservative National Caucus last year, after she started a petition hoping to get the party to trigger an earlier leadership review.

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OTTAWA — The Conservative senator ousted for spearheading an effort to overhaul Erin O’Toole’s leadership says an upcoming report on the party’s electoral defeat must address its most serious flaws, including those of its leader.


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Saskatchewan Senator Denise Batters was shown the door to the National Conservative Caucus last year, after launching a petition for members to sign in hopes it would spur the party to hold a review of management earlier.

The Conservative Party dismissed that process as invalid, but concerns remain within caucus and more broadly about O’Toole’s ability to lead.

Among those are frustrations over his campaign U-turns on promises related to gun control and conscience rights, issues important to many supporters.

Following his defeat, O’Toole brought in former MP James Cumming to review the party’s electoral performance – the findings of which are due to be presented to caucus next Thursday.


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Batters says she was not asked to participate in the review, although she says others who have told the author to contact her.

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  2. Saskatchewan Senator Denise Batters has criticized Erin O'Toole's leadership in the federal Conservative Party.

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Cumming says he doesn’t remember, but he spoke to more than 400 people for his report and didn’t turn down any requests to participate.

“This campaign review should accurately reflect all major issues that were raised during meetings with participants,” Batters said in a statement.

“I heard that the questions seemed to focus on operational and process issues rather than what many participants considered to be the most important issues of the leader, the platform and the many flip-flops that are happening. are produced during the election. ”

A party spokesperson confirmed this week that plans remain unchanged to keep the review for internal eyes only, meaning those of senior executives as well as its caucus and national council.



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