Charest stands best chance of defeating Liberals, but a Poilievre win is feasible
It would be a huge mistake to think that a right-wing Conservative is unelectable in Canada. In politics, anything is possible.
Jean Charest, pictured on May 5, 2022, at the Conservative party of Canada’s first leadership debate, held at the Canada Strong and Free Network’s conference in Ottawa. Charest stands the best chance of all Tory candidates of defeating the current government. He is seen as capable, moderate, and appeals to those in the centre who have kept the Tories out of power for years, writes Sheila Copps. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade