Stephen Harper’s endorsement shows no boost for Pierre Poilievre, new poll suggests

Stephen Harper’s endorsement shows no boost for Pierre Poilievre, new poll suggests

Federal Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre holds a campaign rally in Toronto on April 30.Chris Young/The Canadian Press Stephen Harper’s endorsement of Pierre Poilievre for the Conservative Party leadership may have soured some voters on the Ottawa MP, a new poll suggests. The former Conservative prime minister recently said Mr. Poilievre is his preferred choice, … Read more

‘Leadership is about showing up,’ Jean Charest says, as Pierre Poilievre, Leslyn Lewis skip final Conservative debate

‘Leadership is about showing up,’ Jean Charest says, as Pierre Poilievre, Leslyn Lewis skip final Conservative debate

Conservative leadership candidates Roman Baber, from left, Scott Aitchison and Jean Charest prepare for the start of the leadership debate in Ottawa on Wednesday.Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press Jean Charest took on absentee candidates in the final Conservative leadership debate, declaring that showing up for such events is a show of respect for the party members … Read more

Elizabeth May set to join Green Party leadership race, sources say

Elizabeth May set to join Green Party leadership race, sources say

OTTAWA—Elizabeth May is preparing to run for the federal Green Party leadership, sources say, confirming speculation that has swirled within the party that the former long-time leader would one day try to reclaim the position. One source with direct knowledge of party affairs told the Star on Thursday that May is collecting required signatures from … Read more

Harper didn’t address ‘batty’ Poilievre policies in endorsement: former cabinet ministers

Harper didn’t address ‘batty’ Poilievre policies in endorsement: former cabinet ministers

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 15.Justin Tang/The Canadian Press Two Stephen Harper-era cabinet ministers say his endorsement of Pierre Poilievre for the leadership of the Conservative party failed to address the candidate’s “batty” economic policies. Lawrence Cannon, a Quebec lieutenant … Read more

Why did Stephen Harper endorse Pierre Poilievre for Conservative leader?

Elizabeth May set to join Green Party leadership race, sources say

OTTAWA—Stephen Harper’s public return to Conservative politics—in the form of his endorsement of leadership contender Pierre Poilievre—caught a lot of attention. But what does it mean? And why, after refraining from publicly supporting anyone in the last two Tory leadership contests, did Harper step in this time? That depends on whom you ask. Many have … Read more

‘Politics is the cancer on government’ — and Conservative leadership candidate Roman Baber says he has the cure

‘Politics is the cancer on government’ — and Conservative leadership candidate Roman Baber says he has the cure

OTTAWA—Pierre Poilievre may be the front-runner in the Conservative party’s leadership race. But when he comes to one of the main themes of this contest, there’s another contender who has walked ahead of him — and in one case, literally. In mid-June, former Ontario MPP Roman Baber walked for 15 kilometers on the shoulder of … Read more

Patrick Brown conservative leadership | The Star

Patrick Brown conservative leadership |  The Star

OTTAWA— The legacy under Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown’s bid for leadership of the federal Conservative party grew shaker Tuesday with the defection of his campaign co-chair to rival Jean Charest. Hours later, Brown’s remaining team said though they’ll continue to fight their disqualification from the race, if that fails, Brown will also back Charest. “At … Read more