When Stephen Harper went down to defeat in the last federal election, it seemed that his Conservative Party would, of necessity, pivot toward a kinder and gentler future.
The party’s hard-edged appeal to identity politics had proven singularly unsuccessful.
First, some somewhat encouraging news for the 11 non-Quebec candidates who are gathering in the province’s capital for the only French-language debate of the federal Conservative leadership campaign. The Quebec Conservatives who hold the second-largest number of leadership votes are not – in principle at least – wedded to the concept of having a native son as party leader. […]
It is not just in the United States that one can secure a strong leadership position with fewer votes than the runner-up. It has happened in Canada and not just once. It could happen again no later than next spring, when the federal Conservatives hold a leadership vote. […]
“Your French is getting better,” a reporter told Jane Philpott on Wednesday as the federal health minister wrapped up a chat with some members of the press gallery before the weekly Liberal caucus meeting. […]