The conservatives will have a new leader on 27 June

Les conservateurs se donneront un nouveau chef le 27 juin

The date of the election was announced Friday, a new step in the process to replace Andrew Scheer, who announced in December that he will leave his post once his replacement will be chosen.

January 3, 2020 18h38

Updated at 21h36

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The conservatives will have a new leader on 27 June

Stephanie Levitz

The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA — The federal conservatives will have a new leader June 27 in Toronto.

The date of the election was announced Friday, a new step in the process to replace Andrew Scheer, who announced in December that he will leave his post once his replacement will be chosen.

The former conservative member of parliament Lisa Raitt, opponent of Mr. Scheer at the previous race at the direction of the party in 2017, is now co-chair of the committee that set the terms for the next race. “The committee meets frequently to ensure that we do it in the most open, efficient and transparent way possible, in order to obtain good results,” she said Friday.

It remains to finalize other terms and conditions of the race, such as the costs of the registration of candidates and the number of signatures required for nomination.

The decision to hold the vote in June should be badly received by campaigners who wanted a vote as soon as possible so that the conservative Party is ready to fight quickly with the minority liberal government. But some of the terms and conditions of the race — such as the requirement of a vote by correspondence — are engraved in the statutes and regulations of the party, which makes more difficult the rapid convening of an election.

Other activists, conservatives hoped, however, that the race is not rushed too much, in order to enable new entrants to mount a campaign to be credible.

A few aspirants

Some aspiring fourbissent already their weapons, as the federal member of parliament ontario, Erin O’toole, who had arrived third in the previous race at the direction, and which has held meetings during the christmas holidays to train his team. It also depends on the ranks of the former federal minister Pierre Poilievre, re-elected last October, as well as business man, Bryan Brulotte, close to the PCC.

The former prime minister of Quebec Jean Charest, the former interim leader of the party, Rona Ambrose, and the former minister, conservative Peter MacKay are also considering a bid. Caroline Mulroney, currently minister of Transportation and francophone Affairs of Ontario, has resisted the calls of the foot, just as former premier of New Brunswick Bernard Lord.

The militant conservatives will be on June 27, a third head. The first was Stephen Harper, elected three months after the creation of the conservative Party of Canada, born in 2003 from the merger of the canadian Alliance and the progressive conservative Party, then led by Peter MacKay.

Andrew Scheer was elected by the militants in may 2017, after a run of 16 months. He resigned in December amid growing criticism about his leadership on the party’s inability to form the government in the October elections, and on the use of party funds to cover his personal expenses — including a portion of the tuition fees of his children.

This leadership race has pushed the conservative Party to postpone its congress national “policy”, originally scheduled in April in Toronto; this orientation congress will finally be held from 12 to 14 November in Quebec city.

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