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.

By DEREK ABMA

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.

By ABBAS RANA

O’Leary leadership campaign focused on business experience, millennials

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

By LAURA RYCKEWAERT

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.

By GERRY NICHOLLS

We need to talk about Kevin 

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

By SUSAN RILEY

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.

By DAVID CRANE

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.

By LISA VAN DUSEN

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.

By CHELSEA NASH

Saxton Conservative leadership campaign to unveil economic policies later this month

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

By LAURA RYCKEWAERT

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.

By CHELSEA NASH

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.

By CHELSEA NASH

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.'

By CHELSEA NASH

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.

By TIM POWERS

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.'

By CHELSEA NASH

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.

By CHELSEA NASH

Senior Conservatives helping run O’Toole leadership campaign

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

By LAURA RYCKEWAERT

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.

By EVAN SOTIROPOULOS

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.

By LAURA RYCKEWAERT

First Conservative leadership debate touches on Trump and taxes

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

By CARL MEYER

‘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.

By LAURA RYCKEWAERT

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.

By CHELSEA NASH

The albatross around Chris Alexander’s neck

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

By SCOTT TAYLOR

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.

By TIM NAUMETZ

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.

By TIM NAUMETZ

Kellie Leitch should be embarrassed and ashamed

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

By TIM POWERS

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.’

By DEREK ABMA

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.

By LAURA RYCKEWAERT

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.

By LAURA RYCKEWAERT