It wasn’t the result he was looking for, but Parry Sound Muskoka MP Scott Aitchison is encouraging voters to throw their support behind the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
Last night Pierre Poilievre was named the new leader of the Conservative Party after securing his victory on the first ballot. Poilievre took 22,993 of the 33,800 electoral points available. Poilievre received just over 68% of the vote – far more than his closest rival Jean Charest, who received 16% of the vote. Aitchison finished last in the race with just over 1% of the vote.
“I hope to speak to many of you in the coming weeks to thank you for your support, and encourage you to support our next leader, Pierre Poilievre,” said Aitchison via Twitter. “I am extremely grateful and blessed for the thousands of Canadians who purchased memberships, donated to my campaign, and voted for me as leader.”
Poilievre is the first leader to be elected on the first ballot since Stephen Harper in 2004.
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