Chantal Hébert, Toronto Star national affairs writer and political columnist, cut her teeth in politics at Queen’s Park in the late seventies covering the minority governments of Progressive-Conservative premier William Davis. Since then she has reported in French and in English on Canada’s constitutional and referendum wars, the 1988 free-trade debate as well as the more recent rebirth of the Conservative movement. In addition to her columns, Chantal is a regular member of the CBC’s At Issue panel, broadcast weekly on The National. She is a member of the Order of Canada.
By Chantal HÉbert
MacKay has an early lead, sort of, in Tory race
That is not to say that Harper’s succession is Peter MacKay’s for the asking or even that he wants the leadership. But if he did throw his hat in the ring he would be the prohibitive front-runner, especially in a field that will probably not even feature some of the names that tested best in the Abacus poll.