Pierre Poilievre’s Big Tent: How Pierre Poilievre won the battle for the soul of the Conservative party

This week on “It’s Political,” we focus on Pierre Poilievre’s leadership. First, we’ll take a look back at the divisive leadership race and Poilievre’s big win. Then we’ll sit down with Yan Plante, the former chief of staff to transport minister Denis Lebel in Stephen Harper’s government, and Melanie Paradis, a long-time advisor and deputy … Read more

Liberals pledge response to inflation concerns after Pierre Poilievre’s victory

ST. ANDREWS BY-THE-SEA, NB — The governing Liberals are stressing policies to alleviate the hardships of inflation at the outset of their three-day caucus retreat — a stance that confronts a key attack point for the Conservatives’ new firebrand leader, Pierre Poilievre . That much was clear on Sunday, as MPs and cabinet ministers in … Read more

Queen Elizabeth’s death forces Conservatives to readjust leadership announcement – National

The death of the Queen has prompted the Conservative Party of Canada to rethink how it plans to announce its next leader. The party had been planning to do so with an event in Ottawa on Saturday, but the death of the monarch now means the country will be in a period of mourning during … Read more

Interim Conservative leader Candice Bergen will not seek re-election as MP – National

Interim Conservative leader Candice Bergen will not run in the next federal election. The longtime Conservative MP shared the news in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “With deep gratitude as a Manitoban and Canadian, I am announcing today I will not be seeking re-election in the next general election,” she wrote in the statement. “Serving … Read more

Poilievre popular among Conservative voters, but not all Canadians feel the same: poll – National

More than half of Conservative voters in Canada want Pierre Poilievre to lead the CPC party, suggests a new Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News. “All the momentum in this leadership race is really with Pierre Poilievre,” Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos public affairs, told Global News. Read more: The Conservative Party will have … Read more

Jason Kenney calls UCP candidate-backed sovereignty act “nuts”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has so far declined to pick a favorite in the race to succeed him, but when asked to comment on a prominent platform plank of one of the leading candidates, referred to it as “nuts.” Kenney was appearing on his provincewide radio show on CHED and CHQR on Saturday when he … Read more

Pierre Poilievre preferred leader for Conservatives but not Canadians: poll

Ontario MP Pierre Poilievre remains the heavy favorite to be the next Conservative party leader but he trails opponent Jean Charest for support among Canadians as a whole. A new Leger poll conducted in collaboration with the Association for Canadian Studies suggests 44 per cent of Conservative voters believe Poilievre would make the best party … Read more

Final Conservative leadership debate sees calls for unity, Poilievre missing – National

Jean Charest spent the last official debate of the federal Conservative leadership race on Wednesday stressing that his experience as a political leader is what the party needs to unite. But with six weeks left in the contest, the former Quebec premier, who once led the erstwhile federal Progressive Conservative party, would not say whether … Read more

Poilievre, Lewis to sit out final Conservative leadership race debate – National

No audience, no podiums and appearances from only three out of the five candidates running to lead the federal Conservatives. These are the circumstances under which the party’s last official debate of the race will take place tonight in Ottawa, before a winner is announced Sept. 10. Read more: Conservatives raised more than Liberals, NDP … Read more

Quebec leads explosive growth in Conservative membership sales: party numbers – National

There are now more Conservative members in Quebec than in the party’s heartland province of Saskatchewan. Taken together, Ontario and Quebec now account for more than half of the party’s 678,708 total members eligible to vote in the Sept. 10 leadership contest. By any measure, the growth in Conservative numbers during the 2022 contest has … Read more