Durham, We Need To Have A Talk About Erin

Dear people of Durham, we need to talk about Erin O’Toole. Your Minister of Parliament is becoming a national joke when it comes to Twitter.

Times Erin O’Toole has directly tweeted about GM since the closure announcement? 16. A majority of those tweets were criticizing Justin Trudeau, 3 were criticizing Unifor President Jerry Dias, One was to promote a blog post he wrote, and one was thanking GM (?!?!?!) for giving him a tour.

In fact, Erin O’Toole has spend more time on Twitter discussing a debate on Veteran Affairs, and the VA record of the Stephen Harper government with BC Liberal MP Stephen Fuhr (himself a 20 year veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force) – than he has spent discussing the closure of the largest employer in his region. He has spent more time discussing the so-called failures of the Liberal government than discussing possible solutions or alternatives for the plant or the employees affected by the GM closure. What does this tell you? He is more interested in political posturing than helping the people he represents.

Remember Durham, that not only is Erin too busy arguing with people on Twitter to address your needs – or use his large social media platform to advocate for the issues facing Durham, he is also moonlighting with Regent Law. It must be nice to leverage your position as a Minister of Parliament into employment with a large law firm. I wonder where Erin finds the time, or who is being neglected here. A fair question.

Here is Erin defending the Harper government’s record on Veteran Affairs, but we all know the truth to be substantially different. Conservatives love to mythologize failure and Erin is no different. Many have written (including myself) about the about the failures of the Harper government on VA issues, like Esprit de Corps magazine, also here, here, here, and veterans themselves campaigning against the Harper government that Erin O’Toole himself was Veterans Affairs minister. Why Erin O’Toole would want to defend this record is beyond me. He was one of the grand marshals in the Stephen Harper parade of failure.

Also, let’s take a look at Erin O’Toole’s past involvement with the Rebel Media, like this sit down interview.

And shockingly, 2 months after Erin’s appearance on Rebel Media – and in the middle of the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race, here is an op-ed Erin wrote criticizing M-103. I wonder why he wrote an op-ed that reads more like a conspiracy theory fever dream? Perhaps to try and improve his standing in the leadership vote? Ironically, here is Erin writing about ending intolerance days after appearing on Rebel Media. Erin should have known better, you cannot suck and blow at the same time.

In fact here is Erin O’Toole himself defending the decision to hire Rebel Media founder Hamish Marshall as the campaign manager of the Conservative Party of Canada.

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Here is Erin O’Toole talking about the return of ISIS combatants to Canada

But like most things involving Erin O’Toole, and the historical record of Erin O’Toole, it doesn’t pass the historical smell test. Here is proof that the Harper government, of which Erin O’Toole was a senior cabinet minister of, approved of 60+ former ISIS combatants being repatriated to Canada. Here is the report.

Frankly, I think the people of Durham and the people of Canada could do better than Erin O’Toole.

Erin is a politician always looking for a new opportunity, like when he considered running to become leader of the Ontario PC Party. So whose interests does Erin O’Toole serve? It seems like he is always looking to upgrade for his own benefit. Perhaps it is time for the people of Durham to consider an upgrade of their own.

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