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Social conservatives propel Andrew Scheer to Conservative leadership

May 28 2017 —

The new Conservative Party leader owes his leadership election win, in large part, to the social conservative vote, and now it’s Andrew Scheer’s turn to deliver for social conservatives or the Conservative Party may lose their support in 2019, says a rival candidate. “Frankly, looks like my voters were part of [what] put him over […]

May 27 2017 —

Andrew Scheer, a longtime Saskatchewan MP and former Speaker of the House of Commons, has been narrowly elected the new leader of the federal Conservative party. The nail-biting process of winnowing the field went down to the final 13th ballot before Scheer, 38, was declared the winner with 51 per cent of the available points, […]

May 27 2017 — John Geddes

Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer used his victory speech at the Conservative leadership convention in Toronto this evening to implore his party to unite behind him, while painting a dark vision of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government bringing “pain and hardship to Canadians.”

May 27 2017 — John Paul Tasker

The daughter of one of Canada’s longest-serving Conservative prime ministers says she is considering a run for federal office. Caroline Mulroney was picked by the party to serve as a master of ceremonies for the leadership convention in Toronto this weekend. The prime speaking gig for the scion of former prime minister Brian Mulroney raised […]

How Andrew Scheer won the Conservative leadership

May 28 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith

You could see it on Andrew Scheer’s face. Around 7:45 p.m., before the final ballot of the leadership race, with his campaign manager trying to get him backstage, the Saskatchewan MP wore more of a smile than usual, seeming to know what was about to happen. A closer-than-expected battle had unfolded between Scheer and Maxime […]

O’Leary disputes claim he didn’t want the leadership

May 27 2017 — Alex Boutilier

Kevin O’Leary is disputing an account from his former campaign chair that the television personality and businessman didn’t want to become Conservative leader. On Friday, former campaign chair Mike Coates said O’Leary asked senior staff in April if there was some way for him to come in “a close second” in the Conservative leadership race, […]

May 27 2017 —

he Conservative Party needs to reconsider its complicated leadership election rules for future leadership conventions, say some Conservatives, including returning to delegated conventions, making arrangements in most ridings for party members to able to vote in-person, and ensure the field of candidates is not as large as it was this time. “It needs to be […]

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May 27 2017 —

Members of the Conservative Party attending the leadership convention in Toronto say they are feeling “upbeat,” “excited,” and “nervous” as the outcome of this two-day gathering will set the future direction of the party, and play a large role in determining if the party will be able to unseat Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in the next […]

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Andrew Scheer and the Conservative Party’s future

May 27 2017 — Paul Wells

These things used to happen on the floor of delegated conventions: a party’s accredited delegates would seem to be heading in one direction, only to stop, stare one another in the eye, and pivot. The Progressive Conservatives in 1976, putting the old-school populist Claude Wagner on top of three ballots only to crown an unsteady […]

It’s Scheer’s party now. Can he hold it together?

May 27 2017 — Susan Delacourt

Andrew Scheer’s job used to be about forcing bickering politicians to behave themselves in the Commons. Maybe that’s why a slim majority of Conservatives ultimately decided the former Commons Speaker was the best man for the job of leading of the official opposition party — because this weekend’s vote has exposed some deep fissures in […]

In Scheer, Tories make a very conservative choice

May 28 2017 — John Ivison

Andrew Scheer emerged as Conservative leader after 13 ballots on Saturday evening, a surprise victory but one with which most Tories seem to be at peace. He overtook Maxime Bernier on the final ballot, thanks to the support of social conservatives — even though he has pledged not to reopen the abortion debate — and […]

In Andrew Scheer, Conservatives elect Stephen Harper 2.0 – with a smile

May 27 2017 — John Ibbitson

Yowser. Conservative voters concluded, by the narrowest of margins, that Andrew Scheer’s sensible conservatism was a safer choice than the dogmatic libertarianism of Maxime Bernier. They are probably right. The genial former Speaker of the House of Commons, despite a seasoning of socially conservative policies, is likely to be more saleable against Justin Trudeau’s Liberals […]

Conservatives play it safe with Scheer

May 27 2017 — Stephen Maher

On Monday morning, when Andrew Scheer addresses the 98 other Conservative MPs on Parliament Hill, he will be looking at a lot of relieved Tories. Scheer, the boyish former speaker, is a lot more to their liking than the radical libertarian Maxime Bernier would have been, which means that the caucus will unify behind him […]

The election starter’s pistol was fired Saturday night

May 28 2017 — Robin V. Sears

Absurd as it is, the 2019 election campaign began on Saturday night. The Tories new leader, followed by the NDP’s in a few months’ time, will end the improbable period through which the Liberals have been sailing. Justin Trudeau has yet to face a popularly mandated opposition leader. That happy interlude will soon end. All […]

Conservatives need to learn from Liberal “interim”

May 27 2017 — Susan Delacourt

Many Conservatives will walk out of the Toronto Congress Centre on Saturday with dreams of 2019 victory dancing through their heads. That’s not an unreasonable hope. But the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada might also want to think carefully about the wise counsel that Rona Ambrose received from past leaders when she […]

B.C. election fiasco shows need for online voting

May 28 2017 — Jaime Watt

What we witnessed this week in British Columbia was nothing short of an embarrassment. In 2017, how is it possible that it took 15 days — more than two weeks — to accurately understand who won the May 9 provincial election. Finally, on Wednesday, the ballot recount came to an anticlimactic end. The lengthy process […]

Will next CPC leader be a Liberal reign-ending nightmare?

May 26 2017 — Don Martin

It’s easy to ridicule Conservative fortunes as this baker’s dozen of leadership hopefuls prepare to sell themselves as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s worst political nightmare. Half of them have no business being on the stage tonight and their speeches are merely a self-promotional payoff for that $100,000 race entry fee. And there are no Trudeauesque […]

May 27 2017 — Chris Selley

Whoever walks away Saturday night as the Conservative Party of Canada’s new leader, it will not be Canada’s version of Donald Trump. That’s not because Kellie Leitch’s values-testing-for-immigrants campaign never really caught on, and it’s not because Kevin O’Leary dropped out of the race when it became clear he couldn’t win it. It’s because despite […]

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May 26 2017 — John Ivison

Concerns about the threat posed to Canada’s political sovereignty by foreign money are valid, but overdone. The evidence from the last election was that U.S. political action committee-type organizations did emerge — but they were funded domestically by Canadian unions. The question is, will the Liberal government act to increase disclosure requirements and lower third-party […]

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May 26 2017 — Tabatha Southey

A Filipino Department of Foreign Affairs transcript of a call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was leaked this week. It appears to show Mr. Trump cold-calling the Philippine leader late in the evening to interrupt his dinner and congratulate him, specifically, on having presided over the slaughter of many of […]

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May 26 2017 — Denise Balkissoon

Handmaids are so hot right now. I mean the new Handmaid’s Tale television series, which stars Elisabeth Moss as Offred, a fertile woman held captive by an authoritarian government attempting to reverse an epidemic of infertility through reproductive slavery. As creepy and unsettling as U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence is, it’s the most watched series in […]

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May 25 2017 — Andrew MacDougall

How many Conservative Party members cast their ballots for Maxime Bernier ahead of this weekend’s leadership convention without knowing his central health care policy would render the cherished Canada Health Act unenforceable? I don’t know, but I imagine it’s more than nought, and the headline “Could Maxime Bernier kill universal health care?”—which appeared last week […]

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Music legend Gregg Allman dies at 69

May 27 2017

Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band who overcame family tragedy, drug addiction and health problems to become a grizzled elder statesman for the blues music he loved, has died. He was 69. Allman died due to liver cancer complications at his home in Savannah, Georgia, and he was “surrounded by his […]

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