April 08, 2016

Conservative leadership race heating up --- Get involved and shape the future

Brian LilleyArchive

The race is on, sort of, for the Conservative Party leadership and now we have two candidates in and can also put to rest the idea of Brad Wall and Stephen Harper eventually entering, ideas that have been floating out there. 

Brad Wall isn’t leaving Saskatchewan having just won a third term as premier, and Stephen Harper isn’t plotting a comeback. I had hoped to see Wall bring his sunny brand of conservative politics to Ottawa but those who know him say his heart is in the prairies and I don’t see Harper coming back any time soon so let’s talk about who is in.

Kellie Leitch announced an exploratory committee, filed her paperwork and put down the $50,000 fee. There’s no campaign website, no social media presence and she isn’t doing media but we’ll see if she opens up a full campaign later.

The other is Maxime Bernier who says key ideas for him are personal freedom and personal responsibility. He wants smaller government and says he can sell that message inside and outside of his home province of Quebec.

He’s been traveling the country speaking to Conservative groups and Leitch has done some of the same, speaking to key party people, visiting some 70 ridings ahead of and during the last election to help other candidates campaign or fundraise.

Unlike south of the border where winning primaries is often about a popular vote with people who aren’t party members, in the Conservative leadership race voting is restricted to paid-up party members. It’s more important to be popular with the grassroots than with the general public or media.

Tony Clement, Michael Chong, Lisa Raitt are all mulling it over. There are big names that won’t commit – Peter Mackay, Jason Kenney, even TV star and business mogul Kevin O’Leary.

Voting day is over a year away in May 2017 but the deadline to join to cast a vote is closer. Anyone wanting to help choose the next party leader has to join and register by March 28, 2017, two months before the vote.

I won’t endorse a candidate at this point but if you want a say in who the next party leader will be, then join and pay your $25 to get registered to vote.

It will be an interesting time and is your chance to help shape the future of the conservative movement in Canada.

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commented 2016-04-09 12:21:21 -0400
Not getting involved – at least not yet.

Too early in the game for me.
commented 2016-04-09 02:48:57 -0400
There is no way I am giving any of my hard earned cash to any political party. We would not be talking about a leadership race, if Harper had won the election.
commented 2016-04-08 19:48:47 -0400
Take a page out of the Liberal playbook and elect a leader who is young, dynamic, charismatic, has excellent communication skills, bilingual, and most importantly is from Quebec. Hey, I don’t like Trudeau at all, but that is the current reality in Canada. The Liberals understand this all too well. And until such time as the west has a population base greater than Quebec and the Maritimes combined, any candidate outside of Quebec is hooped. Bernier, Ambrose…of whom I have a great deal of respect for… Kenny, Clement, Mackay are all Harper harpies and are therefore tainted and doomed as electable candidates for PM. Elect this person as soon as possible such that he or she can connect with Canadian in sufficient time for the next federal electoral slugfest.
commented 2016-04-08 19:16:06 -0400
Change the rules, put Rona in as the permanent leader and quit pissing around. None of the candidates being floated about has anywhere near the charisma needed to defeat turdumbass’s cult of selfie personality. I guarantee another liberal majority if the conservatives continue to ignore what the public is so clearly telling them.
commented 2016-04-08 18:04:50 -0400
Any new PC Leader needs to make it clear that all Muslims will be expected to become and act like Canadians.
commented 2016-04-08 18:04:49 -0400
Any new PC Leader needs to make it clear that all Muslims will be expected to become and act like Canadians.
commented 2016-04-08 15:58:28 -0400
Whoever enters this race and wants near instant popularity – oughta be taking notes on what Don Trump & Maxine Le Pen are talking about – any rhetoric on/of lesser principles will render them eunuchs. …and we have enough of those in government already!