Most say they would bet on Maxime Bernier, but there’s ‘still room for the underdog,’ as Chris Alexander puts it.
Remember: how you start your leadership is as important as how you finish the race. Do it right.
Happening: May 26-27, 2017 at the Toronto Congress Centre
Former O’Leary supporters say why they support—or don’t support—Bernier.
Get-out-the-vote efforts will target thousands of party members invested in abortion, supply management.
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.
He was to the Liberals what Michael Ignatieff was to the Conservatives: a dream opponent.
Some campaigns sacrificed data to save cash; 100,000 new members are now fair game for email blasts.
And Kevin O'Leary discovered that political life is really a lot more difficult than most business people realize.
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.
'I’m going to do everything I can to ensure he gets elected,’ O’Leary says of Bernier.
Scheer, Chong, and Blaney score photo-ops defending Quebec’s sacred cows.
Former ministerial chief of staff Steve Outhouse is campaign manager.
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.
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.
Five engineers and two Toronto men say they have helped to sign up thousands of new members to oppose Leitch, O'Leary, and others.
Lisa Raitt’s leadership team is 'decentralized,' with a campaign manager based out of Toronto.
Kellie Leitch has a point about building a cohesive society, but how do you test immigrants for values?
‘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.
Kevin O’Leary is focused on leadership campaign and will decide where to run after the campaign is over, says press secretary Ari Laskin.
The Conservative Party will make riding-by-riding leadership results public after each ballot count, says Conservative Party spokesman Cory Hann.
Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O'Leary said he has a '100 per cent' chance of winning the party's leadership.
Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch promises 'a common sense approach to firearms regulation,' in email blast to her supporters.
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.
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.
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.
There's no guarantee that the winner will be a candidate the party establishment supports.
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.
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.
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.
Influential in his home province, he’s shot through the Conservative ranks to finance critic in his first year on the Hill.
The leadership contestant has garnered the support of key community organizers from the Tamil and Sikh communities in Ontario.
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.
While not officially supporting anyone, Caroline Mulroney Lapham made a substantial donation to one candidate.
Campaign director Jeff Bridge and manager Serge Malaison are running Conservative leadership candidate Rick Peterson’s campaign.
Though he's one to beat, his adviser, ex-Senator Marjory LeBreton says his late entry makes for 'quite a hill to climb.'
A new issues adviser has been hired in the Prime Minister’s Office.
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.'
Former party director of political operations Fred DeLorey is Erin O’Toole’s campaign manager.
Ex-minister Chris Alexander says he’s focused on jobs and the economy, and wants to bring a ‘positive message.’
Trost is focused on social and cultural Conservatives in his bid to become Conservative Party leader.
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.
Hamish Marshall is campaign manager to Conservative leadership contender Andrew Scheer.
Lisa Raitt comes across as a relatable human being; some contestants in this race seem to fit the other extreme.
His actions during the last federal election campaign took the shine off his golden-boy reputation.
Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier said his strategy is not affected by Peter MacKay’s decision not to run.
Though she’s not eligible to run, Rona Ambrose has strong support to continue leading the party: pollster Graves.
Hill Climbers has learned of a number of individuals behind Deepak Obhrai’s campaign, led by former Conservative MP Corneliu Chisu as manager.
‘If I can’t find someone to support, I’ll do it myself.’
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.