Derek Sloan removed from Conservative Party caucus

Hastings Lennox and Addington MP Derek Sloan addressing the crowd after winning the local riding in the October 2019 federal election. Photo by Adam Prudhomme.

Hastings-Lennox and Addington MP Derek Sloan has been voted out of the Conservative Party of Canada caucus.

A vote was held among the 121 sitting MPs within the party this morning after CPC leader Erin O’Toole invoked the Reform Act. O’Toole has also banned Sloan from running as a candidate under the Conservative banner in the next election. O’Toole initiated the process on Monday after it was revealed a known white nationalist had donated to Sloan’s leadership campaign last August. Sloan has stated numerous times he had no idea who the individual was when the donation was made, arguing he had hundreds of donations coming in on a daily basis and didn’t review every single one.

The exact count of the vote is not known as this time, but for Sloan to be removed the majority of Conservative MPs had to vote in favour of it.

“The Conservative caucus voted to remove Derek Sloan not because of one specific event, but because of a pattern of destructive behaviour involving multiple incidents and disrespect towards the Conservative team for over a year,” O’Toole said in a statement. “These actions have been a consistent distraction from our efforts to grow the party and focus on the work we need to do. Events of the past week were simply the last straw and led to our caucus making the decision it made today.”

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