- After the senator publicly challenged his party leadership, Denise Batters was kicked out of the Conservative caucus by Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole.
- On Monday, Ms. Batters circulated a petition asking party members to support Mr. O’Toole’s leadership review within the next six months.
According to the senator, many conservatives are dissatisfied with Mr. O’Toole’s lack of clarity on essential topics, and viewed as untrustworthy. Mr. O’Toole announced the senator’s removal on the start of two days of Conservative caucus meetings in Ottawa behind closed doors.
The Conservative Party is the only party on Parliament Hill whose caucus includes senators. “Senator Denise Batters has been kicked out of the Conservative Party’s national caucus.”
“Only eight weeks ago, Canadians elected Conservatives to hold Justin Trudeau accountable for his economic mismanagement, as well as to combat the cost-of-living crisis, skyrocketing inflation, and supply chain issues that are crippling businesses.” That is our team’s priority.”
The Conservatives will be the Official Opposition in the House of Commons for the first time since the September 20 election when it convenes on Monday for the first time since election. The Liberal government will be a minority government with 159 seats.
The list was notable for who was left off. Several MPs who had expressed reservations about the party’s stance on mandatory vaccinations were removed from the shadow cabinet. Notably, despite finishing third in the 2020 leadership race that elected Mr. O’Toole, rookie MP Leslyn Lewis did not receive any critic assignments.
Last month, Ms. Lewis made public statements supporting those who refuse to reveal their COVID-19 vaccination status. Mr. O’Toole and his Conservative Party have refused to identify how many Conservative MPs have been vaccinated or have not been vaccinated. The House of Commons has passed a policy requiring all individuals entering parliamentary buildings to be completely vaccinated against COVID-19.