Conservative MPs Weigh in on Leadership Vote
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George’s two Conservative MPs are eagerly awaiting this Saturday’s leadership results.
Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty says he’s backing Erin O’Toole, formerly the veterans minister in Stephen Harper’s government.
“He’s much in line with how Rona (Ambrose) has created that different tone and shape of our caucus,” he says.
“He’s also a principled family man, a veteran who has served this country and has done tremendous work in his private life making sure those that have served our country and our communities get the care and attention that they need when needed, wherever they need it.”
Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer on the other hand is backing Saskatchewan candidate and former speaker of the House, Andrew Scheer.
“I look at him to continue Rona Ambrose’s legacy of compassionate conservatism. But it will be interesting once the race is done, whoever wins, we’ll get behind that person and we’ll go on to 2019.”
Aside from electing a leader capable of effectively holding the current government to account, Zimmer says at least one other thing will need to happen to help his party to grab power.
“Other parties need to be stronger, like the NDP. Polling in single digits isn’t going to help us win in 2019.”
Doherty adds he thinks Canadians have had enough of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “broken promises.”
“I believe to this point that Mr. Trudeau has proven that what he says on the campaign trail and what he’s done since elected are two different things.”