Although Erin O’Toole wasn’t Rosemarie Falk’s first choice, she believes he has strengths that will help move the Conservative party forward.
“[O’Toole will be] uniting the party and just continuing the fight for accountability with this Liberal government and continuing to grow the conservative message while staying true to our principles,” said the Battlefords – Lloydminster MP.
Falk stated she was not surprised with the outcome of Sundays’ Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) election.
From reports of mainstream media, Falk was aware the race would be close between two candidates, Peter Mackay and Erin O’Toole.
The admittedly tired MP stated she is glad the CPC finally has a result after postponement due to COVID-19.
“Our initial date was supposed to be June 26th, 27th so it’s nice to have that concluded and know who our leader is.”
Falk was also tired from how long it took to get the results due to the ballot counting disfunction.
“There’s always the opportunity with error when it comes to using technology. What had happened was, all the scrutineers had to be there and translate that manually,” mentioned Falk.
Although Falk is glad to follow behind O’Toole, she was disappointed that Dr. Leslyn Lewis did not win.
“She had many wins last night I would say. She had a strong finish.”
Falk had high hopes for Lewis throughout the campaign stating that she was the ‘only one that… can unite the Party’.
Lewis made it to the second round of ballots with a total 10,140 points finishing in third place.
As for the future, the MP stated there are a lot of unknowns because of Parliament being prorogued.
“I could be surprised if we come back September 23rd, and hear the speech from the throne… I mean, who knows what that’s going to bring?”
The new leader of the Official Opposition, Erin O’Toole, won the election with 19,271 points after the third and final ballot.
O’Toole finished ahead of Mackay by approximately 4,700 points.