Erin O’Toole

Erin O’Toole


AGE: 44

MP for Durham, Ont.

Former minister of veterans affairs

First elected to Parliament in 2012


  • Opposed to Liberal plan for carbon pricing
  • Promises a balanced budget within four years
  • Opposed to free party membership as diminishing its value
  • Taxes: an extra $100,000 personal tax exemption over the first three years out of school, for those under 30 who complete a university degree, college degree, or apprenticeship — and a $200,000 tax exemption over the first five years out of school for high-demand jobs such as engineers, coders, and the skilled trades. A two-per-cent income tax cut for the highest and lowest rates.
  • Job Creation: reduction of small business tax rate to 9%, more credits for small business working on defence, security, IT, and First Nations issues
  • Defence: Meet Canada’s NATO spending target of 2% of GDP, establish the Defence Procurement Agency as non-partisan under a dedicated minister of state, ensure re-opening of College Militaire Royal de St. Jean, immediate competitive process to replace Victoria Class submarines, establishment of a cyber warfare division in the Canadian Forces, and new defence cooperation agreements with Israel and Ukraine
  • Foreign Policy: closer relations with Israel, end to Canadian funding for UNRWA, advocate free trade, advocate trade and security pace with United Kingdom/Australia/New Zealand, advocate UN reform, increased Ukraine-related sanctions against Russian officials
  • Natural Resources and Energy: passage of a National Strategic Pipelines Act, ensuring that indigenous communities along pipeline routes benefit, moving forward with the Ring of Fire development in northern Ontario, giving the territories more control over resources
  • Environment: focus on measureable results and innovation, more research funding for clean energy, tax cuts for carbon emitters who reduce emissions without job or production losses
  • Agriculture: supports supply management for dairy and poultry sectors and promised compensation for CETA and TPP, more market access for livestock, grain, and oilseeds through trade negotiations, more agriculture research and harmonization of regulations with trading partners, and recognition of environmental stewardship and conversation efforts by farmers
  • Firearms: opposition to Liberal efforts at repealing Conservative measures, support for “expert-driven redesign of firearm reclassification,” return of final decision-making power to cabinet, and more law enforcement resources on illegal firearms and trafficking
  • Veterans: completion of the Lifelong Disability Pension, Canadian Veterans Card, construction of an Afghanistan War Memorial in Ottawa, better access to employment, tax credits for psychiatric service dogs
  • Immigration: restriction of job categories for Temporary Foreign Worker program, refugee priority for Yazidi people fleeing ISIS persecution, modernization of provincial nominee program, more border security resources, fixing of loopholes in Safe Third Country Agreement
  • Justice: proposals include the restoration of mandatory minimum sentencing for the most violent and serious crimes, reform of the “not criminally responsible” designation to protect public safety, more resources to fight the opioid crisis, increased use of the victim surcharge
  • Health: need to “redefine what universal healthcare means” to Canadians, uniform measurement of health care metrics across the provinces, encourage health care innovation without jeopardizing universal access, establishment of the Sir William Osler prize for healthcare innovation with a $5-million annual grant, encourage provinces to partner with Ottawa in bulk-buying negotiations for pharmacare, require provinces to report on healthcare access for rural and northern communities, double the Medical Expense Tax Credit for rural and northern residents, and reduce business taxes for medical professionals in extended northern zones
  • The North: more power for territorial governments, reversal of northern drilling moratorium, increased military presence
  • Indigenous Affairs: national procurement policy to promote development, public-private partnerships to improve critical water infrastructure
  • strengthened property rights



Erin O’Toole tells Peter Van Dusen why he can be the consensus choice in the Conservative leadership race, how the membership numbers look, and what the party’s voting process means for him and the other candidates seeking support on a ranked ballot (April 5, 2017):

Erin O’Toole’s campaign launch in Bowmanville, Ont. (Oct. 14, 2016):