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.

Conservative caucus rallies around Scheer; Bernier knew unity would have been tough for him, says Clement

Seventeen caucus members had endorsed Maxime Bernier, while Scheer had almost double.

‘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 have chosen, and it’s Andrew Scheer and his perma-smirk

Mr. Free Speech seems only in favour of free speech for those with whom he agrees.

Scheer wins Conservative leadership race: results by ballot

As ballots are counted, some Conservatives criticize complicated ranked-ballot voting system, party to review leadership election rules in post-mortem

The crowded field of candidates and the complicated voting system confused a lot of Conservative Party members, say some Conservatives. The party will review what worked and what didn’t once the convention is over.

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.

Bernier wants to scrap it, but poll suggests majority of Conservative voters back supply management

Three of every four Canadians polled said they approved of the agricultural system, the survey shows.

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.

Political Insider’s Guide to Conservative Party Leadership Convention

Happening: May 26-27, 2017 at the Toronto Congress Centre

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‘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.

Scheer, Lemieux, Chong score endorsements as advocacy groups release mock ballots

Get-out-the-vote efforts will target thousands of party members invested in abortion, supply management.

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.

With O’Leary gone, Conservatives dodged a nuclear missile

He was to the Liberals what Michael Ignatieff was to the Conservatives: a dream opponent.

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.

O’Leary is all about return on investment

And Kevin O'Leary discovered that political life is really a lot more difficult than most business people realize.

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.

Tory leadership candidates courting supply management group for support

Scheer, Chong, and Blaney score photo-ops defending Quebec’s sacred cows.

Ex-Hill staffers running Lemieux’s leadership campaign

Former ministerial chief of staff Steve Outhouse is campaign manager.

Quebec’s 78 ridings ‘extremely important’ in Conservative leadership race: low membership numbers, easier to campaign in and lots of influence

Conservative Party members should elect a Quebecer to lead the party in the 2019 election which will help the party in winning more seats in Quebec, says former Conservative MP John Reynolds.

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.

Raitt campaign reaching out to members in leadership race final stretch

Lisa Raitt’s leadership team is 'decentralized,' with a campaign manager based out of Toronto.

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?

Conservative MPs criticize Gilmore for floating Conservative Party shakeup, take aim at his marriage to Liberal minister

‘It doesn’t matter if I’m married to Fidel Castro or to Bill O’Reilly. What matters are the ideas and the reaction to those ideas,’ Scott Gilmore responds.

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.

Conservative leadership results to indicate level of MPs’ influence in ridings, say Tory MPs

The Conservative Party will make riding-by-riding leadership results public after each ballot count, says Conservative Party spokesman Cory Hann.

‘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.

Leitch pictured firing Walther P1 in fundraising email to her Conservative Party supporters, not a Nazi-era handgun, says gun owner 

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch promises 'a common sense approach to firearms regulation,' in email blast to her supporters.

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.

Raitt willing to serve in an O’Leary-led Conservative caucus

Lisa Raitt says Kevin O’Leary is ‘wrong’ for Canada and the Conservative Party, but she is willing to turn the other cheek if he becomes leader.

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.

Leadership race as identity crisis: the Conservatives veer into unknown territory

There's no guarantee that the winner will be a candidate the party establishment supports.

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.

Conservative Party has ‘double standard’ on leadership campaign rules, and ballots only allow for 10 candidates, not 14, says Trost campaign

The Conservative Party is 'very lackadaisical' on transferring money back to leadership candidates and the leadership election ballot papers allow party members to rank only 10 of 14 candidates, says Joseph Ben-Ami.

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.

Meet Gérard Deltell, the rising-star Quebec MP whose leadership endorsement will be one to watch

Influential in his home province, he’s shot through the Conservative ranks to finance critic in his first year on the Hill.

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.

Conservative leadership debates: it’s not all about you, Kevin

O’Leary seems to be ducking debates because they don’t benefit him. The problem is he isn’t running to be the head of the O’Leary Party, he is running to lead the Conservatives.

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.

Peterson running policy-driven leadership campaign, putting focus on Quebec

Campaign director Jeff Bridge and manager Serge Malaison are running Conservative leadership candidate Rick Peterson’s campaign.

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.'

Blaney campaign managed by long-time aide, former Harper PMO assistant

A new issues adviser has been hired in the Prime Minister’s Office.

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.'

A word of advice for Mr. Wonderful

Start talking to voters about them, not you.

Senior Conservatives helping run O’Toole leadership campaign

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

Early days for Alexander campaign, with hunt still on for manager

Ex-minister Chris Alexander says he’s focused on jobs and the economy, and wants to bring a ‘positive message.’

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.

Conservative leadership candidate Obhrai says he received emails telling him to ‘leave Canada’ after Leitch released immigration plan

Conservative leadership contender Deepak Obhrai, who immigrated to Canada in 1977, said that after he opposed fellow candidate Kellie Leitch's plan to screen newcomers, he received hate mail at his MP office.

‘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.

Raitt an appealing candidate for Conservative leader

Lisa Raitt comes across as a relatable human being; some contestants in this race seem to fit the other extreme.

The albatross around Chris Alexander’s neck

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

Prosperity doesn’t come from spending taxpayer dollars: Bernier

Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier said his strategy is not affected by Peter MacKay’s decision not to run.

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.

With papers submitted, Obhrai begins to form leadership campaign team

Hill Climbers has learned of a number of individuals behind Deepak Obhrai’s campaign, led by former Conservative MP Corneliu Chisu as manager.

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 team behind Kellie Leitch’s leadership ‘exploratory committee’

Kellie Leitch has filed her papers to run for Conservative Party leadership, and Hill Climbers has learned of a number of people behind her campaign.

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.