Tories get leader, but not big tent party needs

Andrew Scheer may have dairy farmers and social conservatives on his side. But Canadians?

Nice guys can finish first in this era of Canadian politics

Conservative voters showed that abrasive politicians aren't in vogue on this side of the border.

With Scheer, Conservatives look back instead of forward

Generating fresh ideas, not party unity, is the real challenge for the Tories.

‘We’re the party of everyday Canadians,’ Scheer tells energized Conservative caucus on Parliament Hill

Andrew Scheer says: ‘The Liberals can take their cues from the cocktail circuit. We will take ours from the minivans, from the soccer fields, the legion halls, and the grocery stores.’

Social conservatives propel Andrew Scheer to Conservative leadership

A narrow victory means the new party chief will have to extend olive branches in all directions, says a member of one rival campaign.

Scheer wins Conservative leadership race: results by ballot

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

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

'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.

CPC leadership: Bernier’s to lose? Not quite, say insiders

Most say they would bet on Maxime Bernier, but there’s ‘still room for the underdog,’ as Chris Alexander puts it.

Take it from me: advice to the new Conservative leader

Remember: how you start your leadership is as important as how you finish the race. Do it right.

Conservatives say leadership ‘wide open’ and ‘excited’ about party renewal, first leadership convention in 13 years

About 2,000 Conservatives are expected to attend the party's leadership convention this weekend.

Conservative leadership conventions since 1927

Conservative caucus support for leadership contenders

Erin O'Toole has the most caucus endorsements, from 31 MPs, and four Senators.

‘Don’t be selfish,’ O’Leary says Conservative caucus members told him

Former O’Leary supporters say why they support—or don’t support—Bernier.

Five things we learned from the latest Conservative leadership fundraising data

Ex-Liberal Senator Pana Merchant appears to have donated to Conservative contender Andrew Scheer.

O’Leary exit boosts Bernier, but race still ‘wide open’ as campaigns reach out for down-ballot support

Some Conservative MPs question the assumption that most of Kevin O’Leary’s 35,000 supporters will vote for Maxime Bernier. But right now, it's his race to lose.

O’Leary supporters have potential to throw Conservative race wide open

They may not follow him so easily into the Bernier camp.

Why the Conservative membership total blew away insider projections

Some campaigns sacrificed data to save cash; 100,000 new members are now fair game for email blasts.

Conservatives’ rank and file ‘pissed off’ O’Leary quit, wondering, ‘what the hell are we left with?’

Rank-and-file party members are said to be ‘mad’ at former Harper cabinet ministers, like Peter MacKay, John Baird, and Jason Kenney, who they feel would have fared better in an election than who’s left.

Kevin O’Leary drops from Conservative leadership race, backs Maxime Bernier

'I’m going to do everything I can to ensure he gets elected,’ O’Leary says of Bernier.

Less than a quarter of caucus undeclared in Conservative race, with a month to go

Nearly three-quarters of caucus has endorsed a candidate; Scheer and O’Toole are neck and neck. O'Leary, who had four caucus supporters, announced he's quitting the race and supporting Bernier.

Ex-Hill staffers running Lemieux’s leadership campaign

Former ministerial chief of staff Steve Outhouse is campaign manager.

Conservative MPs shouldn’t get their knickers in a knot over Scott Gilmore’s cross-country dinner tour

Rather than launching black helicopters, those concerned Conservative MPs and other party advocates should go to these Scott Gilmore dinners, listen, and participate. Show a willingness to encourage conversation and a hear diversity of views.

Digital campaigns say they’ve convinced thousands to try to swing Conservative leadership contest to the centre

Five engineers and two Toronto men say they have helped to sign up thousands of new members to oppose Leitch, O'Leary, and others.

Conservative leadership race enters ‘horse-trading phase’ and candidates are making deals

Rival candidates’ and their strategists’ outreach to each other started after the membership-signup deadline of March 28.

Values, sure, but why does Leitch get to decide what they are?

Kellie Leitch has a point about building a cohesive society, but how do you test immigrants for values?

‘I hope he will stay,’ Bernier would consider O’Leary as Finance minister if he wins leadership and government

Maxime Bernier says the Conservative leadership race has become a two-person contest between himself and Kevin O’Leary.

Conservative MP Tilson tells O’Leary ‘to his face’ he won’t vacate his House seat

Kevin O’Leary is focused on leadership campaign and will decide where to run after the campaign is over, says press secretary Ari Laskin.

CPC membership debacle: Tamil Conservative Party members feel unjustly called out

Politically involved Tamils say if the party doesn’t release names of those responsible, it reflects poorly on entire community.

‘This is balls to the wall,’ if he wins, O’Leary won’t commit to remaining Tory leader without a majority government

Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O'Leary said he has a '100 per cent' chance of winning the party's leadership.

Conservative Party must be transparent about fraudulent memberships or it will ‘undercut credibility of outcome,’ says Kent

'Nothing wrong will happen under my watch,' Conservative Party's Dustin Van Vugt tells Conservative MP Bob Saroya.

Bernier’s national membership chair MP Nuttall was accused of membership fraud in 2010

An Ontario PC party organizer investigated his team for phoney memberships in a 2010 nomination race, but the party cleared him and allowed him to run. Bernier's camp says it's confident there was no wrongdoing.

O’Leary says ‘fraud’ occurring in Conservative leadership race, alleges ‘vote rigging’

The businessman-turned politician says he learned that fake memberships are being sold to people who might not even be aware that they’re being signed up.

Bernier, O’Leary, Scheer considered the top contenders for Conservative leadership, say Conservative insiders

Conservative Party members want the 14-month long Conservative Party leadership process to be over and want to get the party ready for the next election.

O’Leary leadership campaign focused on business experience, millennials

Chris Rougier is campaign manager to Kevin O’Leary, while Mike Coates is campaign chair.

New political order pits keepers against disrupters

The question which Andrew Coyne ignores is can a Keeper Conservative Party (or for that matter a Keeper NDP) take on a Keeper Liberal Party and win? Remember in a bipolar political world, if voters turn against the Keepers they will seek out the alternative: The Disrupters.
Just ask Trump, just ask Rob Ford, just ask Brexit.

We need to talk about Kevin 

There is no quick cure, of course, and nothing very new in O’Leary’s sketchy platform.

We’re being ill-served by Conservative, NDP leadership races

Neither party has found a candidate who is speaking intelligently about the real challenges facing the country. This is giving the Trudeau government a free ride.

O’Leary isn’t Trump, but they’re both heat-drawing wild cards

Their policy views don't jive, but O’Leary is Trumpian in that he’s got the potential for previously unthinkable political success.

Maxime Bernier backed by Tamils, Sikhs that were instrumental in Patrick Brown’s leadership win

The leadership contestant has garnered the support of key community organizers from the Tamil and Sikh communities in Ontario.

Saxton Conservative leadership campaign to unveil economic policies later this month

Former political staffer Paul Seear is Andrew Saxton’s leadership campaign manager.

Six things we learned from the latest Conservative leadership fundraising data

While not officially supporting anyone, Caroline Mulroney Lapham made a substantial donation to one candidate.

Crowded Conservative leadership race means ‘short-term pain for long-term gain’ for party fundraising

The party is seeing fewer donations while money from its donor pool is flowing towards leadership campaigns.

O’Leary instructed his team not to respond to Raitt’s attack

Though he's one to beat, his adviser, ex-Senator Marjory LeBreton says his late entry makes for 'quite a hill to climb.'

Raitt risks blood in her quest to sink the big fish

By setting herself against O’Leary, she risks inflating his would-be candidacy. But she’s also conscious that if she doesn’t take some risks she has zero chance of winning.

Scheer’s Conservative caucus support gives him the advantage, but leadership win not in the bag

Stockwell Day says caucus support doesn't necessarily reflect wider party support, but it does give leadership candidates the advantage to use other MPs as surrogates 'to pound on your opponents.'

Quebec, Ontario crucial to Conservative leadership race

Maxime Bernier, pictured centre, and Steven Blaney, two candidates from Quebec, will have to start ‘throwing the odd bodycheck’ at each other, says former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day.

Senior Conservatives helping run O’Toole leadership campaign

Former party director of political operations Fred DeLorey is Erin O’Toole’s campaign manager.

Memo to Kellie Leitch: Don’t copy Donald Trump

Can the same divisive rhetoric Trump employed resonate with more than a sliver of Canadian voters? Far-fetched, at best.

Conservative stalwart Joseph Ben-Ami is campaign manager to Brad Trost

Trost is focused on social and cultural Conservatives in his bid to become Conservative Party leader.

First Conservative leadership debate touches on Trump and taxes

Candidates seek to distinguish themselves on issues including supply management and immigration.

‘We’re in full leadership swing,’ Scheer campaign getting hand from MP supporters, says Marshall

Hamish Marshall is campaign manager to Conservative leadership contender Andrew Scheer.

Steep fees for Tory leadership race means more candidates will drop by 2017: Clement

Ex-candidate Tony Clement says there is 'donor fatigue' in the party.

The albatross around Chris Alexander’s neck

His actions during the last federal election campaign took the shine off his golden-boy reputation.

Leitch says Trudeau a ‘Canadian identity denier,’ but he’s pointed to ‘shared values, openness, respect’

The Conservative leadership contender appears to have quoted from a Toronto Sun column quoting an extensive New York Times Magazine interview with Trudeau.

Poll finds Liberals with ‘huge brand equity’ in Atlantic as MacKay rules out Tory leadership bid

Though she’s not eligible to run, Rona Ambrose has strong support to continue leading the party: pollster Graves.

Kellie Leitch should be embarrassed and ashamed

Good political leadership should not be about going to the bottom of the barrel to find votes.

O’Leary’s decision on Conservative leadership depends on who else runs

‘If I can’t find someone to support, I’ll do it myself.’

The people working on Chong’s Conservative leadership campaign

A handful of former Conservative Hill staff are helping out on Michael Chong’s bid to become the next Conservative Party Leader.

Bernier hoping for Kenney supporters, ‘shares a lot of ideas’ with PC candidate

Team Bernier includes a number of former and well-known federal Conservative staffers playing senior roles.