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Strategists warn of damage to Conservative Party brand as O’Toole-MacKay war intensifies

Jun 24 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — The war of words between the campaign teams of Conservative leadership candidates Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole over a claim that MacKay’s team stole confidential campaign data continues to heat up — and some party strategists are warning that the brawl threatens the Conservative brand itself. “A sleepy leadership has gotten bizarre and gone possibly […]

Décarie ‘surprised’ by rejection of Conservative leadership bid

Mar 2 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — Social conservative Richard Décarie says he doesn’t know why the Conservative Party barred him from running for the party’s leadership — but points out that party officials asked him questions about his statements on hot-button social issues during the interview phase of his application. “I was very clear about what I said, and why I […]

Rick Peterson launches his leadership bid as Conservatives push John Baird to run

Jan 29 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — As Alberta businessman Rick Peterson formally announced his bid for the Conservative Party leadership today, sources said some prominent former Conservative cabinet ministers — including John Baird — are being pressured to jump into the race themselves. Peterson launched his official campaign at High Arctic Energy Services, an oilfield services company near Edmonton. “Let’s put […]

Ex-Harper aide Ian Brodie joins Andrew Scheer’s office

Jan 23 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — Former prime minister Stephen Harper’s former right-hand man is coming back to help Andrew Scheer for the next six months. Ian Brodie, Harper’s ex-chief of staff, will take on the role of adviser to the outgoing Conservative Party leader. Many in the party say they hope Brodie can rein in what’s being described by some […]

Rona Ambrose says she won’t run for the Conservative leadership

Jan 22 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — Rona Ambrose says she won’t run to succeed Andrew Scheer as the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. In a Facebook post this afternoon, the former interim Conservative leader said she “struggled” with the decision to stay out. “It is humbling to be considered at all — because I love our party, I love […]

Businessman Bryan Brulotte won’t seek Conservative leadership

Jan 14 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — Businessman Bryan Brulotte will not run in the Conservative leadership race and is advocating for former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay to run instead, CBC News has learned. “Although my desire was to serve and continues to be a motivating factor, after careful consideration and review of the recently published regulations, I have decided to […]

A Charest candidacy would not push MacKay out of the Conservative leadership race, says campaign source

Jan 8 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — A source close to what could be Peter MacKay’s Conservative leadership campaign says the former Harper cabinet minister’s decision on whether to run won’t depend on what ex-Quebec premier Jean Charest does next. While many Conservative insiders say they believe Charest will end up running for the federal Conservative leadership, a source close to Charest […]