Conservative Leadership Race 2017

Conservative leadership frontrunners’ hospitality suites boast biggest crowds, run late into the night

By CHELSEA NASH

Conservative leadership candidates Erin O'Toole and Maxime Bernier attracted big crowds by renting out entire restaurants.

Conservative leadership convention projects ‘united’ front, but some attendees admit to nervousness, uncertainty in the ranks

Conservative MP Maxime Bernier is considered by many to be the frontrunner in the Conservative Party leadership race, which will come to an end on Saturday evening in Toronto. This is the first leadership contest since former prime minister Stephen Harper took the helm in 2004. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

By ABBAS RANA, LAURA RYCKEWAERT, CHELSEA NASH

'What’s really going to be interesting is whoever wins is not going to be the overwhelming first choice of the party, because no one is going to win 50 plus one [per cent support] on the first ballot,' predicts Conservative strategist and vice-chairman of Summa Strategies, Tim Powers.

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    Parliamentary Calendar

    Saturday , May 27 , 2017

    The Conservatives will elect their next leader on May 27, 2017. The party is urging Conservative Party members to buy memberships or renew them in order to vote. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications, Conservative Party of Canada, at 613-697-5614.

    Sunday , May 28 , 2017

    The party will hold a debate in Sudbury. 2-3 p.m. Cambrian College. In order to vote for the leader, you need to become a member of the NDP no later than Aug. 17. Online voting begins Sept. 18 and a leader will be announced no later than Oct. 29.

    Monday , May 29 , 2017

    The House resumes sitting on Monday, May 29, and will sit every weekday from May 29 to June 23, but it could adjourn earlier.

    Tuesday , May 30 , 2017

    Parliamentarians are invited to come hear how CFHI is turning innovation into action that is having a direct impact on the health of Canadians. Health leaders and family members will talk about a nationwide collaboration that successfully reduced the inappropriate use of anti-psychotic medications and is now being implemented in every nursing home in New Brunswick. The breakfast is by invitation only. Parliamentarians can drop in between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. at the Speaker’s Lounge, 216-N Centre Block, Parliament Hill. For more information, contact Graeme.Wilkes@cfhi-fcass.ca.

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