The long goodbye of former Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer is finally over, and the party has selected a new leader in Erin O'Toole.
It wasn't the coronation of longtime establishment insider and former Harper cabinet minister Peter MacKay that everybody thought it would be.
And thank goodness for that.
I think a MacKay win would have meant a further fracturing of the Conservative Party.
For many, O'Toole will be a continuation of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper's slow and steady policies and big tent fiscal conservatism.
However, the real standout star of the leadership race was an outsider: Leslyn Lewis.
She's not an MP. She's not even really a politician. She's an accomplished black immigrant woman based in Toronto who received the majority of her support from the West.
Lewis signifies the desire of the conservative base to try something different and to embrace outsiders.
She's going to be a rising star in the party — that is, if the party allows it.
Join me tonight to discuss O'Toole, Lewis, and what the Conservative Party must do next to unite and defeat Justin Trudeau is William McBeath from Save Calgary.