Peter Julian steps down as NDP House Leader to consider Leadership Bid #NDP #cdnpoli

NDP MP Peter Julian is stepping down from his job as the party’s House leader to focus on a potential bid to succeed Tom Mulcair.

Julian said he will have discussions with people across the country before deciding if he will formally enter the race.

Julian, who was first elected in 2004 to represent the British Columbia riding of Burnaby–New Westminster, is bilingual and has served as the party’s critic for portfolios that include energy, natural resources and finance.

Source: CBC

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Tony Clement drops out of the Conservative leadership race #cdnpoli #CPC

Conservative MP Tony Clement is ending his bid to lead the Conservative Party.

“Unfortunately upon review I’ve come to the conclusion that we really haven’t met the goals as I had wanted to. Accordingly, I have decided to end my leadership campaign,” Clement said.

“I make this decision not very lightly of course, but owing to the financial realities, it’s very clear that I cannot expose my family to any further financial risk at this time.”

Clement didn’t say whether he’d throw his support behind another candidate. For now, he says, he’ll focus on supporting interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose.

Source: CTV

Chris Alexander expected to join Conservative leadership race #cdnpoli #CPC

Former immigration minister Chris Alexander is expected to join the race for the federal Conservative leadership.

A source with close knowledge of the race confirms Alexander is gathering the necessary signatures and financial support and building a team for a run.

The source says his campaign is expected to focus on foreign policy and the economy.

Alexander served as Immigration Minister under former PM Stephen Harper.

Alexander became embroiled in controversy during last year’s election campaign amid questions about the government’s handling of the Syrian refugee crisis.

He was also criticized for promising, along with then-labour minister Kellie Leitch, to create a telephone tip line to report so-called “barbaric cultural practices.”

Andrew Scheer officially launches Conservative leadership bid #CPC #cdnpoli

Andrew Scheer launched his campaign for the federal Conservative Party’s leadership, backed by 20 MPs and senators who support his bid.

Scheer, who served as House Speaker for the four years prior to the last election, framed his campaign as one that’s positive and one that focuses on conservative values like low taxes, respect for families and economic growth.

The 36-year-old MP for Regina-Qu’Appelle said the race means he’ll spend a lot of time away from his wife and five children, but said the sacrifice is worth it so the Conservatives can defeat the Liberals in 2019.

Scheer outlined his vision for the Conservative Party, suggesting he’d keep the faith of long-time supporters while adopting a fresh approach.
“Conservatives do not win when we abandon our principles. We do not need to change who we are. We’re the party of prosperity, not envy. The party of hope for the middle-class, not sweetheart deals for insiders and the elite. A party with a clear and distinct vision for our country, not a pale imitation of the Liberals,” he said.

While outlining his bid, Scheer faced repeated questions about his own values, including whether he would like to see restrictions placed on abortion and gay marriage, two measures he’d voted in favour for in the past. Scheer said caucus and party unity are his priorities, and it’s important that every kind of conservative feels comfortable in the party.

Source: CTV News

Andrew Scheer steps down as Conservative House leader to explore party leadership run #CPC #cdnpoli

Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer has resigned as Opposition House leader in order to explore a bid for leadership of the federal Conservative Party.

Scheer began his brief statement to the media in French, distinguishing himself from other leadership contenders who are not bilingual.

Scheer thanked interim leader Rona Ambrose for the opportunity to serve, but said the House leader role requires 100 per cent of his attention, making it necessary to step down.

He said he would have more to say “once the final decision has been made and the final pieces have come together for a leadership bid.”

Source: CBC

Peter MacKay will not run for the Leadership of the Conservative Party #CPC #cdnpoli

Former cabinet minister Peter MacKay says he will not run for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.

“After much soul searching, advice from trusted friends, and weighing of the impact on my young family, I have decided not to seek the leadership of the party,” the Nova Scotia native said in a release late Monday afternoon.

“I choose not to run at this time for some of the same reasons I stated when I chose not to seek re-election last year. My family is my number 1 priority.”

MacKay said in the release that he considered a leadership bid over the summer months but ultimately decided to step aside to allow others to run.

“In fairness to others declared, and those in consideration, I feel it is time to decide so as not to negatively impact others,” he said.

MacKay was first elected as an MP in 1997 representing the rural Nova Scotia riding of Pictou–Antigonish–Guysborough. He did not run in the last election campaign and now works as a lawyer in Toronto.

Source: CBC

Kellie Leitch defends ‘anti-Canadian values’ survey question #CPC #cdnpoli

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is defending a contentious survey question from her campaign team that asked supporters what they think about vetting would-be immigrants and refugees for “anti-Canadian values.”

“Screening potential immigrants for anti-Canadian values that include intolerance towards other religions, cultures and sexual orientations, violent and/or misogynist behaviour and/or a lack of acceptance of our Canadian tradition of personal and economic freedoms is a policy proposal that I feel very strongly about,” Leitch said in a statement.

The survey was sent to those who signed up for news from the Leitch campaign. It gauges support on a variety of issues, including electoral reform, corporate tax cuts and the legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use.

Leitch’s campaign manager Nick Kouvalis said more than 8,000 people had responded to the survey and that it was based on subjects Leitch had been hearing about from Conservatives during her travels across Canada since launching her leadership bid in the spring.

Source: CBC