Lisa Raitt on what went wrong for the Tories
Conservative MP Lisa Raitt said her party needs to quickly figure out what went wrong in Monday’s election, including why the party failed to “connect” with women between the ages of 18 and 49.
“Why did they become attracted to the Liberals?” she said on CTV Power Play Wednesday. “Was it policy? Was it personality?”
“I don’t know, but we certainly need to figure that out, and we need to figure that out quickly.”
The outgoing transport minister managed to win the Toronto-area seat of Milton on Monday night, while fellow GTA cabinet ministers Joe Oliver, Julian Fantino and Chris Alexander went down in defeat.
Raitt’s name has been circulated by pundits as a possible successor to Stephen Harper, who resigned as leader as the results rolled in.
Raitt wouldn’t say whether she plans to run for the top job, adding her party needs “a conversation” about what went wrong before selecting a new leader.
Raitt pointed out that the Conservatives managed to secure nearly 100 seats, so it wasn’t “an abysmal showing.”
“What’s heartening for me is that people do like our policies,” she said.
Raitt cautioned about pegging the failure to win government on “one man, the leader.”
“That’s a dangerous step,” she said. “It isn’t about necessarily one person, it’s not about one campaign. It has to be a combination of things and we’ve got to figure out what it was.”
Calgary MP Jason Kenney, who held the high-profile immigration and defence portfolios, is also seen as a possible leadership contender.
He told The Canadian Press Tuesday that the party needs “a conservatism that is sunnier and more optimistic than what we have sometimes conveyed.”
Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau began his victory speech Monday by quoting Wilfrid Laurier, saying that “sunny ways” and a “positive campaign” helped the Liberals win.