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Next CPC leader likely to be announced in virtual event, bringing challenges and potential benefits, say strategists

By Laura Ryckewaert      

‘The pressure is that much higher on whoever is selected the new leader to really hit the road as fast as possible and go out on tour and start introducing themselves to Canadians,’ says Andrew Brander.

This year's Conservative leadership contenders are Conservative MP Erin O'Toole, left, former minister Peter MacKay, Toronto lawyer Leslyn Lewis, and Conservative MP Derek Sloan. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, file photograph, and photographs courtesy of Twitter and Facebook

Plans are still being finalized, but thanks to COVID-19, the next leader of the federal Conservative Party will likely be announced in a virtual event, a forced reality strategists say creates the risk of a “lost opportunity” for the party and more impetus for the race winner to hit the ground running. 

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert is a deputy editor at The Hill Times.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com


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