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Bernier may not be most lingering challenge for Conservatives after Halifax

By Tim Powers      

Instead, a small-minded resolution that would end birthright citizenship seems unnecessarily malicious in a country with declining birthrates and an economic need for immigrants.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, pictured greeting a supporter at his party's national convention on Aug. 24 in Halifax, handled Maxime Bernier’s departure well, argues Tim Powers, by letting him leave on his own. The Hill Times photograph by Samantha Wright Allen

OTTAWA—Despite Maxime Bernier’s efforts at setting a different agenda, the Conservatives managed to pull off what appeared to be a reasonably successful convention in Halifax on the weekend. While at this point it is unknown what Bernier’s walk away will do to party fortunes in 2019, it is fair to say at least on the convention floor he served as a unifier for delegates, not a divider.

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