Conservatives’ higher fee makes attracting new members harder for leadership candidates, say some Conservatives
Conservative insiders say the party increased the membership fee to raise more funds, since political fundraising is harder in opposition that it is in government.
Conservative MPs Kellie Leitch and Maxime Bernier officially entered the Conservative Party leadership contest, last week. Potential candidates who are said to be considering to run include: Conservative MPs Lisa Raitt, Jason Kenney, Michael Chong, Michelle Rempel and Tony Clement. Former justice minister Peter MacKay, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and businessman Kevin O’Leary are also said to be considering to seek the Conservative Party leadership. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright