Fundraising prowess, which typically requires networks of wealthy contacts or ties to powerful interest groups, is a poor basis for assessing leadership candidates’ viability or commitment, writes Samara's Paul Thomas.
Former cabinet minister Peter MacKay, along with Conservative MPsErin O'Toole and Marilyn Gladu, are all vying to replace outgoing leader Andrew Scheer. The Conservative leadership race began in January of this year, giving potential candidates just 10 weeks to meet the eligibility criteria. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic burst into Canadians’ lives, the Conservative Party of Canada has faced questions about whether it will delay its current leadership contest.
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'We are dealing with an administration that is both very unpredictable, very much America first, [and] not long-term thinking in terms of its relationship with its allies,' says former diplomat Michael Kergin.