Final Conservative leadership debate sees calls for unity, Poilievre missing – National

Final Conservative leadership debate sees calls for unity, Poilievre missing – National

Jean Charest spent the last official debate of the federal Conservative leadership race on Wednesday stressing that his experience as a political leader is what the party needs to unite. But with six weeks left in the contest, the former Quebec premier, who once led the erstwhile federal Progressive Conservative party, would not say whether … Read more

Patrick Brown disqualified from Conservative leadership race – National

Patrick Brown disqualified from Conservative leadership race – National

Patrick Brown, a candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race, has been disqualified, according to a statement released by the party on Tuesday. Brown currently serves as the mayor of Brampton, Ont. In the statement, Ian Brodie, chair of the Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC), states that Brown was disqualified after the chief … Read more

‘I’m very worried’: Former Tory Senate leader on Poilievre, convoys and the party’s future – National

‘I’m very worried’: Former Tory Senate leader on Poilievre, convoys and the party’s future – National

A former Conservative Senate leader is expressing concern about the direction Pierre Poilievre is taking the party, worrying the Tories might be reaching the point of “fracturing beyond repair.” In an exclusive interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, Marjory LeBreton said Conservative leadership candidates jumping on the “grievance brigade” is doing a “disservice” not … Read more

‘I will win this’: Charest says Conservatives need a ‘unifier’

‘I will win this’: Charest says Conservatives need a ‘unifier’

Two years ago, Jean Charest suggested the Conservative Party had changed from what he once knew. Today, he’s seeking to lead it. In an interview with The West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, Charest remained adamant he can win the party’s leadership race, despite claims from his rivals that they have signed up hundreds of thousands of … Read more

Patrick Brown not ruling out city politics return if ‘Pierre was going to win’

Patrick Brown not ruling out city politics return if ‘Pierre was going to win’

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown is not ruling out a return to municipal politics if the Conservative leadership race “got to a point where it looked like Pierre (Poilievre) was going to win.” “But I think we’re nowhere near that point,” Brown said in an interview with The West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson. “I continue to believe … Read more

Pierre Poilievre’s team claims record party memberships sales

Pierre Poilievre’s team claims record party memberships sales

OTTAWA—From its earliest days, Pierre Poilievre’s bid for leadership of the Conservative party was being called a movement by those in his inner circle. And now, it appears that movement has smashed records for sales in the Conservative party and outpaced even what the Liberals sold in the race that crowned Justin Trudeau. Poilievre’s campaign … Read more

Conservative party rejects three applicants for leadership race

Conservative party rejects three applicants for leadership race

OTTAWA — Only six candidates will vie for leadership of the federal Conservative party after contest organizers rejected applications from three others who claimed to have met the entry requirements. The party made the list of candidates official Monday morning, confirming that Scott Aitchison, Roman Baber, Patrick Brown, Jean Charest, Leslyn Lewis and Pierre Poilievre … Read more

Conservatives ban pre-paid credit cards after Poilievre camp warns of membership ‘fraud’ – National

Conservatives ban pre-paid credit cards after Poilievre camp warns of membership ‘fraud’ – National

The Conservative Party is moving to ban the use of pre-paid credit cards to purchase memberships after Pierre Poilievre warned they could be used to fraudulently buy the leadership. The party quickly reversed its position on the use of pre-paid credit cards Thursday, after the Poilievre camp demanded they be banned and the party cancel … Read more