Throwback Thursday to the Conservative Party’s 2004 leadership race

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

The Conservative Party announced recently that the next leadership convention will be held in May 2017 to elect its second leader since the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance parties merged in 2003. At the last leadership convention in 2004, former Magna CEO Belinda Stronach, then-leader of the Canadian Alliance Stephen Harper, and then-Ontario PC Minister Tony Clement were the candidates. Mr. Harper won, eventually becoming prime minister for almost a decade, Mr. Clement later became an MP and subsequent minister in Mr. Harper's Cabinet and Ms. Stronach later became an MP but crossed the floor to the Liberal Party and served as Democratic Renewal minister in then-prime minister Paul Martin's Cabinet. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright