Kelly McParland: An amazing thing happened — Erin O’Toole didn’t fall into a Liberal trap

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Something significant didn’t happen last week in Ottawa. It was right there for everyone to see, the thing that didn’t happen. It involved Erin O’Toole, the new Conservative leader. After his victory in the leadership race, it was almost universally agreed by those in the know that O’Toole would face a tricky task as he tried to navigate the complicated currents of his party. O’Toole became leader thanks to late-ballot support from social conservatives. Most had backed other candidates in earlier ballots, but picked O’Toole over Peter MacKay when it turned into a choice between the two, O’Toole having put more effort than MacKay into wooing them.

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