Rempel Garner says Liberals 'popping champagne' over Senator's request for leadership review

Rempel Garner said she was "frustrated" after Senator Batters launched a petition attacking O'Toole.

Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal QC

Michelle Rempel Garner has said on Twitter that she is "so frustrated right now" after Senator Batters launched a petition attacking O'Toole.

The Calgary–Nose Hill MP said that "the Liberals are popping champagne and toasting to you right now. I hope you're happy."

She asked the senator and former MacKay leadership supporter to withdraw her petition.

Rempel stated that Batters' petition has withdrawn media attention away from Trudeau's failures and placed it once again on meaningless Conservative infighting.

"Prices of basic goods are out of control. We have a major labour AND unemployment crisis. Canada's deficit is out of control. There will always be differences in a party," she added. "We will never overcome the Liberals if we're in open public warfare with each other."

"I'm so profoundly disappointed in this. Every Canadian will be focused on this for the next month instead of anything we do in the House. I ask my colleague to withdrawal this petition, have it out in caucus instead, and for the good of Canada let us MPs get back to work."

Senator Batters has not yet responded to Garner's statement.

In her petition, Batters said she wants a leadership review to take place within six months. Batters went on to say that O'Toole flip-flopped on issues like gun control.

One lobbyist was shocked by Batters' petition, saying "wow. Trying to think the last time a Senator took an aggressive public stand against their party leader."

Batters was a strong supporter of Peter MacKay during the Conservative leadership election. "I was a proud Peter MacKay delegate at the 2003 federal PC Party convention for his successful leadership bid. Now, I’ve again voted for Peter MacKay as my #1 ballot choice for CPC leadership election," wrote Batters on Twitter.

It is unclear how many Conservative members have signed Batters' petition.

Batters previously gained fame for suggesting that Trudeau was enticing Canadians to smoke marijuana through subliminal messaging.


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