OTTAWA—Erin O’Toole, the determined underdog, is now the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. He soundly defeated the originally heavily favoured Peter MacKay on the third ballot. O’Toole was successful by developing a plan that focused on him becoming the top second- or third-choice candidate of the field. His team seemed to realize, before even the MacKay organization did, that the chances for a MacKay win on the first ballot were slim and they directed the flow of the game from there.
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