Candidate controversies over vaccines and Islamophobia plagued the leader of Canada’s opposition Conservative Party on Saturday ahead of the September 20 election
A Conservative candidate from Nova Scotia apologized for social media posts that weighed on Sharia law and supported the burqa ban worn by some Muslim women. And on Friday, the Conservative Party confirmed that it dumped the Beaches-East York candidate in Toronto after Liberal riding incumbent Nate Erskine-Smith highlighted Islamophobic tweets from 2017.
“We are leading a positive campaign based on bringing the country together and putting the country back on its feet from an economic point of view. And I want my team to share that, ”Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said on Saturday.
O’Toole won’t say how many of his candidates are unvaccinated. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said all of his family had been vaccinated except one who received a medical exemption.
Trudeau called the vote last month in hopes of winning a majority of seats in Parliament, but polls show a close race.
O’Toole, 48, won the Conservative Party leadership last year by posing as a “true blue Tory” and promising to “take back Canada”. He campaigned on the right but has since taken more moderate positions.