Wagantall praises Leslyn Lewis’s campaign, congratulates O’Toole as Party unites to defeat Justin Trudeau

For Immediate Release

OTTAWA, ON— Cathay Wagantall, Member of Parliament for Yorkton—Melville, today expressed her appreciation to Dr. Leslyn Lewis for her hard-fought campaign to seek the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.

“I consider myself privileged to have been part of her team,” said Wagantall. “Her campaign was truly one of courage, compassion and common sense. I knew from the outset that she would unite Canadians on the issues they value. Last night’s results are a testament to what makes her such a refreshing candidate — articulate, reasonable, gutsy and trustworthy.”

MP Wagantall was among the first to endorse Lewis in April. The eight-month campaign came to a close on Sunday evening with Erin O’Toole’s victory on the third ballot. Despite being eliminated on the second ballot, Lewis’s campaign performed well across the country— especially in Western Canada and amongst social conservatives.

“No one could have predicted Sunday night’s outcome eight months ago,” continued Wagantall. “Many counted [Lewis] out and didn’t even expect her to submit the $300,000 required to run. She smashed that target and rose to win the popular vote on the second ballot. She has earned the respect of our party’s grassroots and the party leadership, as well as the mainstream media.”

“Leadership campaigns can be divisive, but I had no fear of that as part of Lesyln’s team. She can be enormously proud of her campaign of ideas that unite Canadians in all regions and of all backgrounds: fiscal responsibility, protection of our fundamental freedoms, care for our most vulnerable, and an affirmation of the family as the foundation of our society.”

With the leadership campaign over and a federal election possible in the near future, Wagantall congratulated Erin O’Toole and urged Conservatives to stand with the new leader. “I couldn’t be happier for Erin and congratulate him and his wonderful family,” she said.  “Our country desperately needs leadership. Justin Trudeau lost the moral authority to govern long before our leadership race, which is why I’m thrilled to be able to stand with Erin as we share our vision for a united Canada, revitalizing our economy, and restoring international relationships with our allies around the world.”  

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For more information, please contact:

Office of Cathay Wagantall, MP
(613) 992-4395
cathay.wagantall.a2@parl.gc.ca