Leadership of the conservative Party: Charest far behind the “duo-head”

Direction du Parti conservateur: Charest loin derrière le «duo de tête»

Jean Charest

January 8, 2020 7h32

Updated at 9h38


Leadership of the conservative Party: Charest far behind the “duo-head”

Jean Philippe Angers

The Canadian Press


The ex-minister Rona Ambrose is in the forefront of support of Canadians to potential candidates for the leadership of the conservative Party, followed by the ex-minister Peter MacKay, while the ex-liberal prime minister of Quebec Jean Charest is far behind the duo of head, suggests a survey led Light for the account of The canadian Press.

The executive vice president for Leger, Christian Bourque, referred to as a “duo-head” in a race that remains “relatively open”, and whose rules are not yet known.

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With 18 % of supporters of the conservatives in the poll, presenting it as the best head potential, Ms. Ambrose is the only candidate approached, who “can lay claim to a coronation” considers all the same, in the interview, Mr. Bourque, saying believe that other candidates will wait possibly know if Ms. Ambrose will be out of the race before diving in themselves.

Stephen Harper figure in a very good position in the survey, even if it probably could be “removed from the equation,” said Mr. Bourque, the ex-chief has not shown interest to be part of the race. It gets, as Ms. Ambrose, 18 % of the support of partisan conservatives.

Mr. Mackay is the choice of 12 % of supporters of the conservatives polled, and Mr. Charest gets the support of 4 % of them.

The survey indicates that 29 percent of supporters of the conservatives is not “knew not what to answer” or “didn’t want to answer” to the question of who the best leader potential of the PCC.

Mr. Charest, who was leader of the progressive conservative Party in the 1990s, is the choice of 15 % of those surveyed in Quebec, followed by the current mna Gérard Deltell, with 10 % support. Ms. Ambrose gets the support of 6 % of the people polled in Quebec.

“A québec perspective, when we heard of Mr. Charest (as potential candidate), it was felt that it was a “big” story, what we imagined “national”, but it seems that it has not been much further than Quebec,” said Mr. Bourque.

In addition, Mr. Charest “polarizes” in Quebec more than other candidates in quebec – as Mr. Deltell, or Michael Fortier -, which could hurt him in a potential race, according to him.

“There are voices that will object to Mr. Charest in Quebec, because of its past as the prime minister of Quebec, and of all the allegations and rumors about UPAC and others”, noted Mr. Bourque.

The executive vice president for Leger also pointed out that no prime minister and the provincial minister is to become the prime minister of Canada in the history of the country, noting the lack of support to Jason Kenney on the outside of his province – in Alberta, he is credited with only 8 per cent support among Canadians surveyed.

With all of the 1554 Canadians surveyed in the last week, Ms. Ambrose, former interim leader of the conservative Party, gets 10 % support, compared to 7% for Mr. Mackay, and 5 % for Mr. Charest.

Immigration and finance

Other issues that could be crucial for the next leader are discussed in the survey, such as immigration. Thus, 63 % of the supporters are conservatives those polled want the next leader favours a reduction in the number of immigrants, a touchy subject for the conservative Party, according to Mr. Bourque.

“This goes against the grain a bit of the narrative for a canadian open country, hypertolérant, which welcomes more immigrants. The candidates the conservatives in the countryside have always kept themselves relatively far from the topic of immigration, because it is a trap at the political level. But there was a message sent by the supporters in the conservative party that goes a bit against the narrative canada, and they must take note”, he argued.

An even more telling regarding their finances, while 82 % of supporters conservatives wish that the next leader ensures balanced budgets and avoid deficits.

“The most important feature if one is a supporter of the CCP, it is to have a leader who will balance the budget, and this is something that the conservatives have virtually evacuated of their election campaign this fall,” noted Mr. Bourque.

The mastery of French does not seem to be an asset priority in the eyes of the respondents. Thus, 44 percent of the supporters conservatives believe that the next leader should be fully bilingual, while 53 percent of supporters of the conservatives do not give importance to this issue.

The online survey was conducted from 3 January to 7 January, and no margin of error can be related to a nonprobability sample.

The conservatives will elect their new leader June 27 at a leadership convention in Toronto.


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