MP Deltell Offers Support to O’Toole in Tory Leadership Race

Former Conservative MP, party’s finance critic and one of its most influential voices in Quebec, Gérard Deltell, has announced his decision to endorse Erin O’Toole in the party’s leadership race. According to Mr. Deltell, it was an informed decision after a long reflection that included meetings with all 13 other leadership candidates.

Addressing a press conference along Mr. O’Toole, Mr. Deltell stated on Friday morning that “I hope that people will take the time to look at the program, to look at the platform, to look at the quality of Mr. O’Toole, and I am sure that people will come to the same conclusion.” He stressed that “the best man, the best person, to lead this party and then this country is the Honourable Erin O’Toole.” ‎Though still a rookie MP, the former Quebec MNA and provincial party leader proved to be a media-savvy politician on the federal stage. ‎Prior to formally entering politics, Mr. Deltell was a television journalist in his hometown of Quebec City, where he helped the party win a majority of seats in the 2015 election.

Mr. Deltell’s endorsement is anticipated to boost the leadership bid of Mr. O’Toole, a former minister of veterans affairs in the Harper government. The pair announced that they will be meeting party members in coming weeks in ridings across the province to gain their vital support. The Conservative’s leadership race is scheduled to culminate on May 27.

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