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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.

By CHELSEA NASH

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.

By PETER MAZEREEUW

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.

By ABBAS RANA

With O’Leary gone, Conservatives dodged a nuclear missile

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

By TIM POWERS

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.

By PETER MAZEREEUW

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.

By SHEILA COPPS

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.

By ALLY FOSTER, KRISTEN SHANE

Tory leadership candidates courting supply management group for support

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

By PETER MAZEREEUW

Ex-Hill staffers running Lemieux’s leadership campaign

Former ministerial chief of staff Steve Outhouse is campaign manager.

By LAURA RYCKEWAERT

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.

By ABBAS RANA

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.

By PETER MAZEREEUW

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.

By LAURA RYCKEWAERT

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?

By ANDREW CARDOZO

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.

By PETER MAZEREEUW

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.

By ABBAS RANA

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.

By ABBAS RANA

‘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.

By DEREK ABMA

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.

By RACHEL AIELLO

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.

By CHELSEA NASH

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.

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

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.

By LES WHITTINGTON

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

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.

By ABBAS RANA

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

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.

By MAUREEN MCEWAN

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

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.

By TIM POWERS

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

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.

By LAURA RYCKEWAERT

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

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

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

By LAURA RYCKEWAERT

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

A word of advice for Mr. Wonderful

Start talking to voters about them, not you.

By TIM POWERS

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

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.’

By LAURA RYCKEWAERT

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

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.

By TIM NAUMETZ

‘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

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.

By TIM POWERS

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

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.

By DEREK ABMA

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

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.

By LAURA RYCKEWAERT

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 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.

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