It’s still the Harper Party, a fact Poilievre is banking on
But here is the problem. Winning the party leadership is a sideshow, not the main event. And every time the CPC has reached back into the Harper era for a 'new' leader, it has lost at the box-office.
Conservative MP and leadership front-runner Pierre Poilievre, pictured Feb. 14, 2022, in the Commons foyer. Poilievre is not without political insight. He knows that the shortest route to winning the leadership is to pass the Conservative purity test—in other words, to sanctify everything his former boss Stephen Harper ever did. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade