Duncan backs O’Toole for Conservative leader

Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Erin O'Toole. Local MP Eric Duncan is endorsing O'Toole. (erinotoole.ca via Newswatch Group)

SDSG – Local MP Eric Duncan says he will be supporting Erin O’Toole to helm the Conservative Party of Canada.

Duncan made the announcement Monday is a news release after “months of careful consideration,” also noting that former MP Guy Lauzon and Conservative Association President Adrian Bugelli were also endorsing O’Toole.

“I have a lot of confidence that Erin is the best candidate to unify our party and to form government in the next election,” Duncan said.

The Conservative leadership vote to replace Andrew Scheer will take place by mail up until Aug. 21.

Erin O’Toole is from the Oshawa-area riding of Durham. The 47-year-old father of two was born in Montreal. He served in the military and was a lawyer prior to the start of his political career in 2012.

Also running are Peter MacKay, Derek Sloan and Leslyn Lewis.