Leader of the Official Opposition Erin O’Toole


September 3, 2021

On this episode of Defence Deconstructed, you'll hear a presentation from the Leader of the Official Oppostion Erin O'Toole, delivered as part of Canadian Defence Exchange, a one-day virtual event organized by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) on May 5, 2021.

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Participant Biography:

  • Erin O'Toole was born in Montreal and grew up in Port Perry and Bowmanville. O'Toole joined the Canadian Forces in 1991 and studied at the Royal Military College (RMC) until 1995. He was commissioned in Air Command[note 1] serving as an air navigator, eventually attaining the rank of captain. Following his active service, he received a law degree, practicing law for nearly a decade until he was elected as the member of Parliament (MP) for Durham in a 2012 by-election. In 2015, O'Toole briefly served as veterans affairs minister in the Harper government. In 2017, he ran for the party's leadership, finishing third to winner Andrew Scheer. After Scheer resigned as leader in late 2019, O'Toole ran a successful leadership campaign, defeating former cabinet minister Peter MacKay in the 2020 leadership election. 

Host Biography:

  • Dave Perry: Senior Analyst and Vice President with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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