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Conservative leadership hopefuls square off in late-July debate hosted by Independent Press Gallery of Canada

By Palak Mangat      

Plus, Conservative MP Cathy McLeod will be on an episode of TVO's Political Blind Date in the fall, after filming last week in Kamloops, B.C.

All four Conservative leadership candidates, Peter MacKay, Erin O'Toole, Leslyn Lewis, and Derek Sloan, will take part in a leadership debate later this month in an event hosted by the Independent Press Gallery on July 29. The party said last week that more than 269,000 members are eligible to vote in the race, which comes to an end on Aug. 21. The Hill Times file photographs

Four leadership hopefuls for the Conservative Party will take part in a debate later this month, at the Independent Press Gallery of Canada’s first event on July 29. Leslyn Lewis, Peter MacKay, Erin O’Toole, and Derek Sloan will square off in the debate moderated by True North’s Andrew Lawton, an event that will also feature an appearance by Independent Press gallery president Candice Malcolm. The debate will be streamed on the gallery’s page and broadcast live from Toronto, beginning at 7 p.m., along with media availabilities for the candidates. Voting for a new leader is currently underway, and the party said July 14 that more than 269,000 members are eligible to vote in the race. About 100,000 of those memberships were bought in 2020, and the party said it is the largest membership in party history. A replacement for outgoing leader Andrew Scheer is to be named on Aug. 21. The Independent Press Gallery, meanwhile, bills itself as “an alternative to the government-influenced Parliamentary Press Gallery.”

Palak Mangat

Palak Mangat is an online reporter with The Hill Times.
- pmangat@hilltimes.com

Would-be Conservative leaders wooing Quebec dairy farmers, but organizers say they won’t decide the race this time

With Maxime Bernier out of the party, dairy farmers don’t have a supply-management bogeyman to unite against this time.

‘Prudent, gradual, and phased-in’: public servant return-to-worksite plan slowly unfolding seven weeks in, but ‘no single date’ yet pinned down

News|By Mike Lapointe
Federal departments and agencies are taking numerous precautions and adapting worksites to meet physical distancing requirements, according to the Treasury Board.

‘When you have the will, there is a way’: Canadian-Lebanese Liberal MP Fayçal El-Khoury’s rise to federal political power

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Liberal MP was first elected in the 2015 federal election, taking just over 25,800 votes and 47 per cent of the tally in the Quebec riding of Laval-Les Îles.

Job losses in July highest among racialized communities, StatsCan data shows

News|By Palak Mangat
'I think the issue with racialized people not returning to work is more about whether or not they’re going to be hired,' says Arjumand Siddiqi, who holds the Canada Research chair in population health equity.

‘The vast majority of the TFWs would rather come here and get their PR’: some MPs signal support for extending permanent residency to Canada’s migrant farm labourers


‘Beirut is bleeding’: Lebanese-Canadian MPs express horror, disbelief in wake of massive explosion

News|By Mike Lapointe
'I’m sure with the will of the Lebanese and their friends from all over the world, Beirut will shine again,' says Liberal MP Fayçal El-Khoury.

‘I await your response’: inside N.S. Liberal MPs’ push for a public inquiry

News|By Neil Moss
'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.

Introduction of remote voting in the House could come without unanimous support

House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.

‘No gotcha moments’: Trudeau’s gambit reflects lessons learned from past ethical entanglements

News|By Beatrice Paez
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.
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