Candice Bergen voted interim leader of the Conservative Party

Manitoba MP Candice Bergen was named interim leader of the Conservative Party after Erin O’Toole was voted out on Wednesday.  

Bergen, previously the deputy leader of the party, defeated eight other candidates who threw their hats in the ring for the post after a majority of the Conservative Members of Parliament voted for a change.

As interim leader, Bergen will not be allowed to run for permanent leader when that race is conducted.  She previously held the role of Minister of State for Social Development in Stephen Harper’s government and also served as Opposition House leader under Rona Ambrose who was also the interim party head. A date for the leadership race has not yet been determined.

O’Toole was replaced just 18 months after assuming the mantle. He received just 45 votes of endorsement while 73 of the party’s 118 MPs cast their ballots in favour of a replacement. Scott Reid, the party’s caucus chair, did not vote. 

Conservative MPs were then tasked with choosing the party’s interim leader until the membership elects a permanent leader for the third time since 2017.

In a resignation video posted to Twitter, O’Toole described his time as Conservative leader as “the honour of a lifetime” while pledging his support and “unwavering loyalty” to the next leader. 

Now it remains to be seen who will enter the fray for the position of permanent leader. When asked on Monday, Premier Doug Ford said, “I love being premier of this province. That’s my job.”

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