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No place for 'far right' in Conservative Party: O'Toole

Last Updated Jan 17, 2021 at 1:49 pm PST

Conservative MP Erin O'Toole speaks during a news conference, Wednesday October 11, 2017 in Ottawa. Several Conservative officials are arguing that new electoral laws should not apply retroactively, after they were required to return the proceeds from two fundraising events held earlier this year. The Tory electoral district associations in Mississauga—Streetsville and Durham returned to donors funds connected to two events in January, one attended by Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt and the other by foreign affairs critic Erin O'Toole. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA — Federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says there is “no place for the far-right” in the party.

O’Toole made the declaration in a statement today in which he lists the numerous ways that he has sought to make the Tories more inclusive and moderate since becoming leader in August.

The comments come as O’Toole has faced questions from the Liberals about allegedly Trump-style politics within his ranks, which has resulted in fingerpointing between the two parties.

The Liberals have called attention to a since-deleted Tory website alleging the government wants to rig the next election and a photo of Conservative deputy leader Candice Bergen wearing a Trump hat.

In his statement, O’Toole says the Conservatives are a “moderate, pragmatic, mainstream party” and condemns the storming of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters earlier this month.

O’Toole adds that while Liberals can try to label him as “far-right,” the government itself is guilty of trying to import American style politics by sowing division and misinformation.