Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer has been elected the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, picking up enough down-ballot support to overcome strong early numbers by rival Maxime Bernier during a convention in Toronto.
Kevin O’Leary is dropping out of the Conservative leadership race and will endorse Maxime Bernier.
If any of the 14 candidates running for the Conservative leadership are thinking of dropping out and keeping their name off the ballot, they will soon need to make up their minds.
Conservative leadership contender Lisa Raitt is calling on the party to expel any candidate who has broken the party’s rules and levy “significant” fines on their campaigns.
The Conservative leadership race will be decided by a preferential ballot, so the candidate with the broadest support and widest acceptability stands the best chance of winning. An analysis of fundraising data in the campaign suggests Maxime Bernier shares the most contributors with other candidates, giving him a potentially decisive edge.
Can a candidate for the Conservative leadership win the party’s top job and become prime minister without speaking French well enough to order a plate of poutine in a brasserie?