National Newswatch

With the Conservative Party still in the process of finalizing the rules for the summer’s crucial leadership contest, potential contestants are jockeying behind the scenes to put together their campaign teams, making fundraising phone calls, and seeking support from movers and shakers in the party. But most are also keeping an eye on whether high-profile candidates like Peter MacKay and Rona Ambrose will enter the contest before making their final decisions.

“I’m going to wait for the rules to come out and maybe to see who else is putting their hat in the ring, and then make a final decision,” said two-term Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu (Sarnia-Lambton, Ont.), who is considering running for the party’s top job, in an interview with The Hill Times.

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