Women make up the majority of the nine new Senators, who are well-known volunteers, advocates, and community leaders within various fields.
Although the poll results are good news for Mr. Bernier—especially considering Mr. Clement, his biggest competition for support at this point in the race, has since dropped out—42 per cent of the respondents chose "someone else" when they were asked to select their choice for best leader.
Liberal MP Mark Holland calls the Conservative language 'partisan nonsense.'
Conservative MPs held 'household' votes over the summer months, finding a 90 per cent support for a referendum.
One expert points out that an unusually high portion of respondents with no opinion indicates that Canadians, on average, are not familiar with extradition treaties, while another scholar said an explosion of media and political commentary criticizing the government’s plan has taken root in public opinion.
Liberal MP Larry Bagnell says MPs from other parties have also been eyeing a shorter work week in Parliament.
The Public Safety and National Security Committee takes ups a separate 'security framework' study.
Pollster predicts the leadership race will look something like 'The Hunger Games,' but cautions that candidates will have to avoid tearing "the party apart, along policy lines especially.”