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‘Great big yawn fest,’ star candidates sitting out Conservative leadership race, fear losing next election: insiders

By Abbas Rana      

'Stephen Harper became prime minister of a G8 country for 10 years because he took that risk. We don’t have many risk takers out there today,' said one party insider.

Five Conservative MPs, including Kellie Leitch, Maxime Bernier, Deepak Obhrai, Tony Clement, and Michael Chong are declared leadership candidates for the contest scheduled for May 2017. Conservative MPs Michelle Rempel and Lisa Raitt are considering a run. Former justice minister Peter MacKay, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, and businessman Kevin O'Leary are also said to be considering a run for the top job in the Conservative Party. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright

Some Conservative insiders say the party's federal leadership contest is a “great big yawn fest” because there are no exciting or inspirational declared candidates and most don’t expect one to enter the current contest as they believe the Liberals will win the next federal election and say the real leadership contest will take place after the 2019 election. “They’re all pretty decent people, but not too sure if they’re all prime ministerial material. But then people surprise you once they get

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