O’Toole set to helm first Conservative caucus meeting since winning leadership


Erin O’Toole will lay out a mission statement for the Conservative Party today at his first official caucus meeting since he won the leadership race last month.

Hints of the tone and scope of his address to MPs, who will gather largely in person in Ottawa, were laid out in a Labour Day message posted to social media on Monday.

In it, O’Toole promised a “Canada First” economic strategy, which puts the wellness of families and higher wages, rather than GDP growth, at its core.

The populist message is expected to be reflected in his remarks to caucus as he moves forward with his promise to broaden the appeal of the Conservatives.

O’Toole took a step in that direction Tuesday with the unveiling of which MPs will serve as critics for the next session of Parliament, taking care to place visible minority, LGBTQ and female MPs on the front benches.

But today’s speech may also hold clues as to how his party will handle the potential showdown in Parliament after the minority Liberals present a throne speech on Sept. 23 that will trigger a vote of confidence.

WATCH | Erin O’Toole on his ‘Canada First’ policy:

Power & Politics asks Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole if his “Canada First” policy is different from Trump’s “America First” policy. 6:26

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