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Erin O'Toole's far-right line in the sand

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has declared “there is no place for the far right in our party.” Today, CBC’s Aaron Wherry on why O’Toole had to make that move and what it says about the party he leads.
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole speaks during a news conference on the Conservative Opposition Day Motion on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

"There is no place for the far right in our party." That's a quote from a statement released on Sunday by Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole, where he condemns the riot in the U.S. Capitol and paints a moderate picture of the Conservative Party under his leadership. 

On the heels of the statement, PressProgress revealed that MP Derek Sloan accepted a donation from a notorious white supremacist, leading O'Toole to move to oust Sloan from the Conservative party. 

Today, CBC parliamentary hill journalist Aaron Wherry on why O'Toole felt he had to declare the Conservatives to be "sitting squarely in the centre of Canadian politics" and what it says about him and the party he leads.

 

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