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Conservative Party’s unity to be tested in federal leadership contest, say some Conservatives

By Abbas Rana      

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. It's the party's second leadership convention since it was formed in 2003 when the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party merged and some Conservatives say it's unclear if the party can withstand the stress. “I would really hope it doesn’t end up causing a schism in the party because what you really want is to keep the party, whoever is involved, you really want the party to

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