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Fundraising a big challenge for Conservative leadership candidates in upcoming contest, say political players

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Being able to raise funds is a key prerequisite to be an effective leader, says veteran Conservative political insider Tim Powers.
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The Trudeau Liberals are holding their winter national caucus meeting in Ottawa Jan. 22-24; however, it's unclear if the party’s electoral performance will be dissected at the meeting.
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‘It's a race to get the best people to work on the campaign,’ says a Conservative source, while caucus members hedge support until the full field of candidates is revealed.
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Dustin van Vugt, executive director of the Conservative Party at the time, who wrote the cheque ‘is gone,' but Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who 'cashed' the cheque ‘is still around.'
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Senior PMO staffer George Young moves to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s office as his chief of staff.
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John Reynolds, a former Conservative MP and a fundraiser for one of the groups that pushed Andrew Scheer to resign as leader of the party, says Michael Fortier spoke to him recently about running for the party's top job.
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Cabinet ministers will have to directly lobby all MPs on House committees to get their legislation through, say government and opposition MPs.
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Andrew Scheer ‘needs to demonstrate very quickly that he can garner the overwhelming backing of the party to move forward, or for the good of the party, he should step down,’ a Conservative MP told The Hill Times.
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The Prime Minister's Office selected new chiefs of staff from CVs sent to PMO chief of staff Katie Telford; PMO director of administration Brett Thalmann; and cabinet ministers directly, a senior Liberal source told The Hill Times.
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The Liberal Research Bureau is seeking applications from interested staffers to fill posts in the Prime Minister's Office and the offices of MPs and ministers.
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In his first term, Justin Trudeau adopted the high-risk, leader-centric model and built the party’s brand around his leadership instead of focusing on the team. But he's changing his tune in this minority Parliament.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will appoint six parliamentary secretaries to oversee each of the six federal economic development agencies across the country.
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Wexit was one of the ‘top of mind’ issues at the Alberta Conservative caucus’ special meeting on Parliament Hill on Nov. 6.
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The Liberals are considering assigning responsibility for the six regional development agencies to several ministers this time around, say Liberal sources.
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The seven-hour Conservative caucus meeting on Nov. 6 was ‘intense,’ with ‘blunt’ criticism of the party’s campaign performance, say Conservative sources
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John English, Pierre Trudeau's biographer, says the elder Trudeau was 'humbled, shocked and surprised' following the 1972 election, and that ministers and MPs will matter more in Justin Trudeau's second mandate.
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If Maxime Bernier was still in the Conservative Party, and the Ford PCs had not been pushed to the sidelines, Andrew Scheer would have most likely won the Oct. 21 election, says Conservative Party’s elder statesman John Reynolds.
‘The trap that PM Trudeau has to avoid is the narrative that he’s hostage to Ontario and this is an Ontario-driven government,’ says pollster Nik Nanos.
‘If version 1.0 was Sunny Trudeau, version 2.0, to be successful, will have to be a Pragmatic Prime Minister,’ says pollster Nik Nanos.
'If anybody should've won a majority, it should've been Trudeau. He didn't, and it's his to wear,' says CBC columnist Neil Macdonald of the Oct. 21 election results.
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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she has never seen an election where mudslinging overwhelmingly dominated the campaign, leaving little or no time for policy discussion.
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As many as nine per cent of progressive voters could vote strategically in this close election potentially affecting the outcome in more than 100 ridings, says Innovative Research president Greg Lyle.
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Liberal MP Ken Hardie says his team has set up get-out-the-vote ground operations in the riding to get all his supporters to the polling booths on election day.
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This campaign is not defined by any overarching issue, and has become ‘personal’ and ‘ugly’ between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, says pollster and Ipsos president Darrell Bricker.
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'Every pollster, any campaign strategist, everybody is watching the same thing which is how those ridings go,’ says Ipsos Public Affairs CEO Darrell Bricker.
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Opposition leaders are likely to go after Justin Trudeau for his past use of blackface in the leaders' debates to come, which 'could get interesting,' says Greg Lyle, depending on how the Liberal leader reacts.
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'They're worried. There’s no swagger, put it that way,’ says a Liberal MP to describe the morale of his caucus colleagues, and the party base.
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The Daily Telegraph story 'shows how much of an international figure Trudeau has become,' says the senior reporter and editor who wrote a second story exploring the controversy on Sept. 21.
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An Innovative Research poll suggested 26 per cent of Canadians say they experience discrimination in their daily life, and a plurality of them are Liberal Party supporters.
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It's only week two of the campaign and already the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, and the Greens have all had to drop candidates over offensive or controversial past remarks.
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The SNC-Lavalin controversy is back making national headlines and this means bad news for Justin Trudeau's Liberals because it pushes them off their campaign messaging, say pollsters.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is relying on the same senior strategists who helped him win a majority government in 2015. But it's a whole new ball game this time after four years in power.

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