Campaign 2020: Tory candidate for New Brunswick and former PM adviser

Erin O’Toole, the Conservative candidate for New Brunswick and a former principal secretary to the Prime Minister, is this week talking the talking with us about his priorities, the role of leadership and more….

Campaign 2020: Tory candidate for New Brunswick and former PM adviser

Erin O’Toole, the Conservative candidate for New Brunswick and a former principal secretary to the Prime Minister, is this week talking the talking with us about his priorities, the role of leadership and more.

Erin, thank you so much for coming on the program. What are your core messages that are going to resonate with people in New Brunswick?

ERIN O’TOOLLE: Well, what I would say is that I think that the future is about creating more opportunity for people and making sure that we have a robust economy that people can see as a destination that they can be in. I also think that we have to be consistent in our message to people and that if we’re going to bring Canadians together and we’re going to win in this very, very close election, people need to know that we are committed to the centre ground of Canadian politics, that we are willing to listen to people, that we are willing to move forward with new ideas, that we are willing to listen to people and we are willing to be strong and make tough decisions on behalf of Canadians. And we can be. That’s what I’ve been doing on a regular basis. It’s what I am ready to do as the leader of this party, and I think we can create a powerful alternative that we can really talk about in 2019.

We’ve talked a little bit about some of the core messages about doing what you say and what you say you’re going to do. But is the most important thing, is who you are and what you’re about? How you approach things and what you do with the resources you have. And I think those are the things that people will be able to listen to over the next few weeks and see more and more clearly, and why they should believe in what I’m going to be able to deliver for New Brunswickers in government.

I want to just turn for a moment to some of the recent events on Parliament Hill. Especially in recent days with the temporary restraining order against journalists and cameramen who were out there covering a protest, but they weren’t actually protesting as such. Some people have taken a different view. I don’t think it’s good for democracy to have big groups of people making threats and shutting down space on Parliament Hill. The best journalists, the best cameramen are in the newsroom, are in the back, but there is going to be a need for journalists to be out there. Part of our role as a free and fair media is to ensure that we report on what is going on in Parliament, so we’ll have to step up and make sure that we have sufficient resources to report and to do our job to the best of our ability.

Can you speak a little bit about how you handle situations like that? And I would imagine that you as a party does look at that.

Yeah, we certainly do. This is certainly something that we deal with on a daily basis. Not just us in our own party, but everybody in the media here in Ottawa. Each situation is different. But we have the people we want to work with in our caucus in the field and that’s what we want to do. And when there is a job to be done, we’ll continue to do that and you can count on it. But of course that’s something that we’ll be talking about, and that’s why I think there is a reason why people do like journalists, is because they’re there when the public needs them and they’re there to report and to tell them exactly what they need to know.

Would you talk a little bit about you decision to run for the party and whether you had a misgivings or is it a make or break moment for you?

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