Michelle Rempel Garner calls out her fellow Conservatives

Michelle Rempel Garner calls out her fellow Conservatives

OTTAWA — Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner walked away from running for leadership of Alberta’s United Conservative Party on Thursday, citing the inhospitable internal political environment she’d inherit and a lack of time to fix it. But the high-profile MP is not returning to an overly hospitable federal political environment either. The Star has learned … 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 and Marco Mendicino spar over who asked for Emergencies Act to be invoked

Pierre Poilievre and Marco Mendicino spar over who asked for Emergencies Act to be invoked

OTTAWA—“On the advice.” Those three words were at the heart of a heated political clash on Parliament Hill Thursday. A top contender for the Conservative leadership is now calling for Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino to resign, while Mendicino says he is appalled with how the Tories are twisting his words. At issue is how … 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

Tory MP who opposes COVID-19 vaccination rules is escorted off Parliament Hill

Tory MP who opposes COVID-19 vaccination rules is escorted off Parliament Hill

OTTAWA — A Conservative MP who hadn’t been inside the Parliament buildings since a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for MPs was imposed last year decided to challenge that rule this week — and has now been escorted off the property. Cathay Wagantall had claimed to have a medical reason she couldn’t be vaccinated against COVID-19 when … Read more

Do Conservatives want to be in politics or government? Party stalwarts sound off on leadership – National

Do Conservatives want to be in politics or government?  Party stalwarts sound off on leadership – National

The next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada needs a vision to take the party — and the country — forward through turbulent economic and geopolitical times, according to two conservative stalwarts. Speaking to West Block guest host David Akin, former Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said whoever ends up the next Conservative leader needs … Read more

Poilievre favorite to win Conservative leadership, but may struggle to grow party: poll – National

Poilievre favorite to win Conservative leadership, but may struggle to grow party: poll – National

The race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party appears to be Pierre Poilievre’s to lose, according to a new poll, that also suggests he may not be able to broaden the party’s appeal. The Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News found 20 per cent of Canadians surveyed think Poilievre will win … Read more

Everyone using the ‘F-word’ in this Conservative leadership race

Everyone using the ‘F-word’ in this Conservative leadership race

OTTAWA — To singer Janis Joplin, freedom was just another word for nothing left to lose. To candidates in the race to become the next leader of Canada’s federal Conservative party, freedom is the word they hope to trade on to win. The belief that some freedoms are fundamental is baked into the party’s DNA. … 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