Erin O'Toole

Canadian politician

Erin Michael O'Toole PC CD MP (born January 22, 1973) is a Canadian politician. He has been the leader of the Conservative Party and the Leader of the Official Opposition since August 24, 2020. He is a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons of Canada. He represented the electoral area of Durham. He was first elected in a by-election on November 26, 2012.

Erin O'Toole

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O'Toole in 2021
Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
August 24, 2020
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
DeputyCandice Bergen
Preceded byAndrew Scheer
Leader of the Conservative Party
Assumed office
August 24, 2020
PresidentScott Lamb
DeputyCandice Bergen
Preceded byAndrew Scheer
Minister of Veterans Affairs
In office
January 5, 2015 – November 4, 2015
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byJulian Fantino
Succeeded byKent Hehr
Member of Parliament
for Durham
Assumed office
November 26, 2012
Preceded byBev Oda
Personal details
Erin Michael O'Toole

(1973-01-22) January 22, 1973 (age 48)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyConservative
Rebecca O'Toole (m. 2000)
  • Mollie O'Toole
  • Jack O'Toole
FatherJohn O'Toole
ResidenceCourtice, Ontario, Canada and Stornoway
Alma materRoyal Military College (BA, Hons)
Dalhousie University (LLB)
ProfessionLawyer, politician
Military service
Branch/serviceCanadian Forces Air Command
Years of service1991–2000 (active)
2000–2003 (reserve)
Unit423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron
AwardsCanadian Forces' Decoration
Sikorsky Helicopter Rescue Award

O'Toole was Minister of Veterans Affairs in 2015. In 2017, O'Toole ran in the 2017 Conservative leadership race to replace Stephen Harper, where he finished third.[2]

Since August 2017, O'Toole has been the Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs.

In January 2020, O'Toole announced his candidacy for the 2020 Conservative leadership election.[3] On August 24, he won the election. He beat Peter MacKay and became the leader of the party.[4]

During the 2021 Canadian federal election, the Conservative Party won 121 seats (two more than in 2019), however still did not win the majority seats needed to form a government.[5]


  1. "Conservatives hang on to Oda's Durham riding". Toronto Sun, November 26, 2012.
  2. Pessian, Parvaneh. "Durham MP Erin O'Toole launches Conservative leadership bid in Bowmanville".
  4. Connolly, Amanda (August 24, 2020). "Erin O'Toole is the new leader of the Conservative Party, wins on third ballot". Global News. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  5. Connolly, Amanda (20 September 2021). "Liberals projected to form minority government - National |". Global News. Retrieved 20 September 2021.

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