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O'Toole during Question Period last June. On Wednesday, the Conservative caucus voted to dump him as leader. (Justin Tang/CP)

The Conservative Party’s identity crisis, post-O’Toole

Jen Gerson: There’s room for a Tory opposition that makes a sensible critique of COVID restrictions—and no sign this party is ready to fill it
Members of the Conservative caucus applaud Erin O'Toole following his address to them on Wednesday. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

Cheer up, Tories. And don’t do that stupid thing you’re thinking of doing

Jen Gerson: Let Justin Trudeau and the Liberals eat every morsel of cake coming to them, because time and circumstances are finally on your side.
Canada's opposition Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole looks on during a campaign rally in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 19, 2021. (Blair Gable/Reuters)

That time when Erin O’Toole almost looked like the next prime minister

Marie-Danielle Smith: For a while there it seemed possible that his more-centrist policy direction would see him win over swing voters in a way that his predecessor couldn’t
People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier attends a rally in Calgary on Saturday. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

The two pols on the prairie who kneecapped Erin O’Toole

The federal Tory leader cannot be feeling kindly toward Jason Kenney. And certainly not toward Maxime Bernier.
Harper leading Erin O'Toole into the House of Commons in 2012. Thoughout the 2021 campaign, O'Toole seemed happy to leave his former boss on the sidelines. (Fred Chartrand/CP)

Can Erin O’Toole get by without a little help from his friends?

Andrew MacDougall: Trotting out certain premiers would’ve been risky for the Conservative leader, but so is pretending they don’t exist
(Paul Chiasson/CP)

Friendly or cold? Careless or practical? What voters see in the federal parties

Innovative Research asked Canadians which human attributes describe the major parties. It’s a revealing look at what each does well—or needs to do better.
O’Toole’s attempts to rebrand the ‘big blue tent’ have had pushback from the party’s base (Darren Calabrese/CP)

The Conservative Party is at odds with itself. Can O’Toole pull it together?

While the inner circle has faith in Erin O’Toole, regional and ideological schisms pose a growing threat
As interim leader, Ambrose ‘found a way for the party to stabilize’ after Harper’s exit (Photograph by Blair Gable)

Imagine a Conservative party led by Rona Ambrose. Where would it be now?

Contemplating the much-admired, experienced politician as the leader of the CPC is speculative political fiction, but it offers some useful insights into the problems currently dogging the party
O'Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill on March 2, 2021 (CP/Sean Kilpatrick)

Erin O’Toole starts to define his conservatism

Paul Wells: At least the Conservative leader said what many in his party believe, which is that the party’s days as a Stephen Harper cargo cult need to end
Tunde Obasan with Jason Kenney (Courtesy of Tunde Obasan)

The Black Conservatives hoping to bring people of colour into the Tory tent

A grassroots group hopes to show Black Canadians the Conservative party can be their party