‘PMO relies on her working rapport with the multicultural outlets,’ said former Liberal staffer John Delacourt, now at Ensight Canada.
Andrew MacKendrick has been promoted from his role as press secretary in Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott’s office.
‘We have a good foundation, and we’re continuing to build,’ says Rosemary Barton.
New NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has indicated he may wait until the next general election in 2019 to run for a seat, which would follow the example of past NDP leaders.
Until Kevin O’Leary can clear away his political debts, he may haunt us still. This must terrify some in the Conservative leadership team.
The Conservative Party praises Dominion Voting for its software, but an election expert is raising security concerns and has condemned the party's choice to destroy the paper ballots.
Andrew Scheer may have dairy farmers and social conservatives on his side. But Canadians?
Seventeen caucus members had endorsed Maxime Bernier, while Scheer had almost double.
Generating fresh ideas, not party unity, is the real challenge for the Tories.
Mr. Free Speech seems only in favour of free speech for those with whom he agrees.
A narrow victory means the new party chief will have to extend olive branches in all directions, says a member of one rival campaign.
The crowded field of candidates and the complicated voting system confused a lot of Conservative Party members, say some Conservatives. The party will review what worked and what didn’t once the convention is over.
Conservative leadership candidates Erin O'Toole and Maxime Bernier attracted big crowds by renting out entire restaurants.
'What’s really going to be interesting is whoever wins is not going to be the overwhelming first choice of the party, because no one is going to win 50 plus one [per cent support] on the first ballot,' predicts Conservative strategist and vice-chairman of Summa Strategies, Tim Powers.
Three of every four Canadians polled said they approved of the agricultural system, the survey shows.
Most say they would bet on Maxime Bernier, but there’s ‘still room for the underdog,’ as Chris Alexander puts it.
Happening: May 26-27, 2017 at the Toronto Congress Centre
About 2,000 Conservatives are expected to attend the party's leadership convention this weekend.
Erin O'Toole has the most caucus endorsements, from 31 MPs, and four Senators.
Get-out-the-vote efforts will target thousands of party members invested in abortion, supply management.
Ex-Liberal Senator Pana Merchant appears to have donated to Conservative contender Andrew Scheer.
He was to the Liberals what Michael Ignatieff was to the Conservatives: a dream opponent.
They may not follow him so easily into the Bernier camp.
And Kevin O'Leary discovered that political life is really a lot more difficult than most business people realize.
Rank-and-file party members are said to be ‘mad’ at former Harper cabinet ministers, like Peter MacKay, John Baird, and Jason Kenney, who they feel would have fared better in an election than who’s left.
Scheer, Chong, and Blaney score photo-ops defending Quebec’s sacred cows.
Nearly three-quarters of caucus has endorsed a candidate; Scheer and O’Toole are neck and neck. O'Leary, who had four caucus supporters, announced he's quitting the race and supporting Bernier.
Conservative Party members should elect a Quebecer to lead the party in the 2019 election which will help the party in winning more seats in Quebec, says former Conservative MP John Reynolds.
Rather than launching black helicopters, those concerned Conservative MPs and other party advocates should go to these Scott Gilmore dinners, listen, and participate. Show a willingness to encourage conversation and a hear diversity of views.
Lisa Raitt’s leadership team is 'decentralized,' with a campaign manager based out of Toronto.
Rival candidates’ and their strategists’ outreach to each other started after the membership-signup deadline of March 28.
‘It doesn’t matter if I’m married to Fidel Castro or to Bill O’Reilly. What matters are the ideas and the reaction to those ideas,’ Scott Gilmore responds.
Maxime Bernier says the Conservative leadership race has become a two-person contest between himself and Kevin O’Leary.
The Conservative Party will make riding-by-riding leadership results public after each ballot count, says Conservative Party spokesman Cory Hann.
Politically involved Tamils say if the party doesn’t release names of those responsible, it reflects poorly on entire community.
Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch promises 'a common sense approach to firearms regulation,' in email blast to her supporters.
'Nothing wrong will happen under my watch,' Conservative Party's Dustin Van Vugt tells Conservative MP Bob Saroya.
Lisa Raitt says Kevin O’Leary is ‘wrong’ for Canada and the Conservative Party, but she is willing to turn the other cheek if he becomes leader.
The businessman-turned politician says he learned that fake memberships are being sold to people who might not even be aware that they’re being signed up.
There's no guarantee that the winner will be a candidate the party establishment supports.
Chris Rougier is campaign manager to Kevin O’Leary, while Mike Coates is campaign chair.
The question which Andrew Coyne ignores is can a Keeper Conservative Party (or for that matter a Keeper NDP) take on a Keeper Liberal Party and win? Remember in a bipolar political world, if voters turn against the Keepers they will seek out the alternative: The Disrupters.
Just ask Trump, just ask Rob Ford, just ask Brexit.
The Conservative Party is 'very lackadaisical' on transferring money back to leadership candidates and the leadership election ballot papers allow party members to rank only 10 of 14 candidates, says Joseph Ben-Ami.
There is no quick cure, of course, and nothing very new in O’Leary’s sketchy platform.
Influential in his home province, he’s shot through the Conservative ranks to finance critic in his first year on the Hill.
Their policy views don't jive, but O’Leary is Trumpian in that he’s got the potential for previously unthinkable political success.
O’Leary seems to be ducking debates because they don’t benefit him. The problem is he isn’t running to be the head of the O’Leary Party, he is running to lead the Conservatives.
Former political staffer Paul Seear is Andrew Saxton’s leadership campaign manager.
Campaign director Jeff Bridge and manager Serge Malaison are running Conservative leadership candidate Rick Peterson’s campaign.
The party is seeing fewer donations while money from its donor pool is flowing towards leadership campaigns.
A new issues adviser has been hired in the Prime Minister’s Office.
By setting herself against O’Leary, she risks inflating his would-be candidacy. But she’s also conscious that if she doesn’t take some risks she has zero chance of winning.
Maxime Bernier, pictured centre, and Steven Blaney, two candidates from Quebec, will have to start ‘throwing the odd bodycheck’ at each other, says former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day.
Ex-minister Chris Alexander says he’s focused on jobs and the economy, and wants to bring a ‘positive message.’
Can the same divisive rhetoric Trump employed resonate with more than a sliver of Canadian voters? Far-fetched, at best.
Conservative leadership contender Deepak Obhrai, who immigrated to Canada in 1977, said that after he opposed fellow candidate Kellie Leitch's plan to screen newcomers, he received hate mail at his MP office.
Candidates seek to distinguish themselves on issues including supply management and immigration.
Lisa Raitt comes across as a relatable human being; some contestants in this race seem to fit the other extreme.
Ex-candidate Tony Clement says there is 'donor fatigue' in the party.
Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier said his strategy is not affected by Peter MacKay’s decision not to run.
The Conservative leadership contender appears to have quoted from a Toronto Sun column quoting an extensive New York Times Magazine interview with Trudeau.
Hill Climbers has learned of a number of individuals behind Deepak Obhrai’s campaign, led by former Conservative MP Corneliu Chisu as manager.
Good political leadership should not be about going to the bottom of the barrel to find votes.
Kellie Leitch has filed her papers to run for Conservative Party leadership, and Hill Climbers has learned of a number of people behind her campaign.
A handful of former Conservative Hill staff are helping out on Michael Chong’s bid to become the next Conservative Party Leader.