It's the party's second leadership convention since it was formed in 2003 when the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties merged to form the new Conservative Party of Canada. Some Conservatives say it's unclear if the party can withstand the stress.
Five Conservative MPs, including Kellie Leitch, top left, Maxime Bernier, Deepak Obhrai, Tony Clement, and Michael Chong are declared leadership candidates for the leadership convention scheduled for May 2017. Conservative MPs Michelle Rempel, above left, and Lisa Raitt are considering a run. Former justice minister Peter MacKay, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, businessman Kevin O’Leary and Conservative MP Brad Trost are also said to be considering a run for the top job in the Conservative Party. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
The Conservative Party’s unity will be tested by the current leadership race, say some Conservatives.
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Though divisive politics has become a regular feature of political culture in Canada, thanks in part to the rhetoric from the country's southern neighbours, some MPs say there's been pushback to that kind of messaging.
A former CSIS analyst says the RCMP had a ‘strong case’ against journalist Ben Makuch, but the vice-president of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression says the ruling will ‘hurt the institution of journalism.'
Independent Senator Kim Pate, who will be among those in attendance at Nicholas Kasirer's hearing next week, is interested in hearing about his views about how systemic inequality can affect access to justice.