Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole addressed media on Tuesday following a disappointing showing for the Tories in last night's federal election that has lead some to question his ability to lead.
While the Conservatives made gains in Newfoundland and Labrador for the first time in a decade while closing the gap in several ridings between themselves and removing three Liberal ministers from their ridings, the Tories would end up with a net loss of two seats.
When asked about the potential for a change in leadership, or whether he felt as though the party would hold a leadership review, O'Toole answered in a similar manner each time, saying that his party would take a careful look over "what went right, and what went wrong."
"We're all disappointed with the results from last night," said O'Toole, criticizing Trudeau's decision to hold a "pandemic election that produced no change, and further divided this country."
"We're going to work together to undertake what went right what went wrong ... we got closer in a lot of parts of the country, but not close enough. Next time we will, and we have to be ready, because Mr. Trudeau has already threatened another election in 18 months if he didn't get his way in this one."
When asked again if he was concerned about the rumblings about his leadership, he answered: "I'm the leader of the party that founded this great country, and I'm very proud of that, and the gains we made last night for the first time in a decade in Newfoundland and Labrador."
"We're closer in dozens upon dozens of ridings, but not close enough. I want to earn that trust of Canadians, and that's why we're going to work tirelessly to find what went right and what went wrong, to make sure that we form a government that has all Canadians part of a Conservative government, and we're going to need that because we could be back in an election in another 18 months."
When asked about potential vote splitting that took place in several ridings between the Conservatives and the Maxime Bernier-led People's Party of Canada, O'Toole said that Prime Minister Trudeau used the pandemic to divide Canadian, resulting in some to vote for the People's Party.
O'Toole again touted his party's success in Atlantic Canada, this time as proof that his party's stance, which was more moderate than in elections past, as well as in other ridings.