Limited authority and limited time mean that major accomplishments by interim leaders are not possible. However, they can make a difference.
Conservative MP Candice Bergen, pictured Feb. 2, 2022, on the Hill. Her primary task is to begin to heal the divisions over leadership and/or ideology that have handicapped the CPC party in recent decades. This will be a big challenge for someone who clearly leans to the right. Keeping more moderate MPs in the CPC caucus content, especially during a year-long leadership contest that will likely amplify divisions, will take all her interpersonal and negotiating skills, writes Paul Thomas. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade