Patrick Brown has been disqualified from the federal Conservative leadership race, after ballots have already begun to be mailed out, and his campaign is fighting back against what it calls anonymous allegations.
Not all the plotters have been identified, but they’re known to include a handful of senior strategists, one former cabinet minister, and Jean Charest, the only leadership candidate with any hope of beating Pierre Poilievre, writes Arno Kopecky.
If unverified membership numbers hold true, the path to becoming the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is becoming precariously narrow for all but front-runner Pierre Poilievre, several strategists suggest, but the path is still there.
Two Ontario members of Parliament switched allegiances in the Conservative leadership race on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, as growing divisions prompted them to throw their support from Patrick Brown to Pierre Poilievre in the name of party unity.
Now that the second official debate of the race is out of the way, Conservative leadership hopefuls will turn their attention to signing up as many supporters as they can before a fast-approaching deadline.
Candidates competing to lead the federal Conservatives traded barbs over contentious language laws, inflation and the trucker convoy in the race's only French-language debate on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, night, with Pierre Poilievre finding himself on the defensive through parts of the evening.
Pierre Poilievre, a high-profile contender in the Conservative party's leadership race, on Monday, May 16, 2022, denounced the "white replacement theory," which was believed to be a motive for a mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., as "ugly and disgusting hate-mongering."
Candidates vying for the Conservative leadership framed the country — and the party — as deeply divided at the first official debate on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, and took turns pointing fingers at one rival they accuse of driving disunity in the race.
Longtime Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre and Jean Charest, Quebec's former premier, took turns attacking one another's political records on Thursday, May 5, 2022, in the first unofficial debate in the Tory leadership race.