We’re less than a month away from the Conservative Party of Canada choosing a leader to replace Stephen Harper.
The big development last week was the departure from the campaign of Kevin O’Leary, the reality TV star, who apparently just discovered he couldn’t win Quebec and therefore couldn’t beat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. And so he dropped out, throwing his support to Quebec candidate Maxime Bernier.
How does O’Leary’s departure change the dynamic of the race? Is the leadership now Bernier’s to lose? Do any of the moderate Ontario-based candidates — Erin O’Toole, Lisa Raitt, and Michael Chong — now have a better chance of persuading the party faithful? And what about the campaign’s most controversial candidate, Kellie Leitch? Does she stand to gain the lion’s share of O’Leary’s populist support or has she simply been too polarizing a candidate to merit it?
We get into all these issues and more with long-time Conservative strategist John Mykytyshyn, one of the original Common Sense Revolutionaries from the Mike Harris days. Mykytyshyn isn’t working for any of the candidates and, in fact, hasn’t decided whom he’s going to vote for.
Conservatives are marking their ballots now. The new leader will be announced on May 27.
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