Erin O’Toole wins federal Conservative leadership race

"Canada can and must do better"

Canada has a new leader of the federal Conservative Party.

Erin O’Toole was chosen on the third ballot taking 57 per cent of the votes; Peter MacKay, who led after the first ballot, took 43 per cent.

In his acceptance speech, O’Toole said, “Canada can and must do better and Conservatives will work hard to earn the trust and confidence of Canadians in the next election.”

He acknowledged the party will need to broaden its base to win the next election.

O’Toole went on to say, “We must continue to point out Liberal failings and corruption, but we must also show Canadians our vision for a stronger, more prosperous and more united Canada.”

Results of the balloting were delayed for hours when the machine used to open ballot envelopes mangled several thousand voting cards. As many as 4,000 ballots had to be taped back togetherĀ or manually re-marked on a new ballot.