Omnibus: Conservative Leadership Race

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Leslyn Lewis joins Pierre Poilievre in skipping third Conservative leadership debate
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Publishing date:Jul 28, 2022 • 15 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation

OTTAWA — Leslyn Lewis has officially decided to skip out on the Conservative party’s next leadership debate.


Her campaign says it informed the race’s organizing committee she will not attend the “all-candidate event” set for Aug. 3.

The five candidates vying to replace former leader Erin O’Toole have been told by the party they are expected to appear in Ottawa for a third and final official debate before results are revealed Sept. 10.

Longtime MP Pierre Poilievre, the contest’s perceived front-runner, has announced on social media he won’t attend because he is focused on getting out the vote.

Lewis had expressed concerns about the need for another debate and in a recent open letter to the party asked whether it would cover topics including abortion and the World Economic Forum, issues she says members are inquiring about.

Under Conservative rules, candidates who do not attend party debates will be fined $50,000.
 
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Since the ballots were mailed out two weeks ago, I doubt there are many left to be converted. True North wants to control a debate because they have a few specific topics they want to control the message on.
 
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It seems Poilievre’s camp has, intentionally or not, discovered a new strategy brimming with potential: stealing left-wing populists from an NDP more interested in performative social justice than real economic justice. When it comes to winning over younger generations –– who now make up the largest share of potential voters –– this may just be the ticket to 24 Sussex.
 
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Since the ballots were mailed out two weeks ago, I doubt there are many left to be converted. True North wants to control a debate because they have a few specific topics they want to control the message on.
Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre has raised more money than all his opponents combined in the months of April, May and June.

He also has more than twice the number of individual donations than Jean Charest, Leslyn Lewis, Roman Baber, Scott Aitchison and recently disqualified candidate Patrick Brown altogether, according to the latest fundraising numbers released by Elections Canada.
 
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Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre has raised more money than all his opponents combined in the months of April, May and June.

He also has more than twice the number of individual donations than Jean Charest, Leslyn Lewis, Roman Baber, Scott Aitchison and recently disqualified candidate Patrick Brown altogether, according to the latest fundraising numbers released by Elections Canada.
Poilievre is in Regina today for a "meet n greet".

Considering going...
 

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On Wednesday night in Ottawa, three of the five Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidates took part in the third and final official debate of the 2022 race.

Candidate Jean Charest and two other guys delved into some of the top issues of the campaign.

The decision to hold a third debate in the 2022 race was made months after the official English-language debate on May 11 in Edmonton, Alta., and the French-language debate in Laval, Que. on May 25. The format of the third debate differed greatly from the previous events, resulting in more of a roundtable discussion than a fiery faceoff.

Instead of standing behind podiums in a room with a sizeable audience, as they did in the other official debates, the three men and moderator all sat inside a tight studio in an industrial park located 12 kilometres from Parliament Hill.

The candidates and Conservative Party President Rob Batherson – who acted as the moderator for the evening – were all seated on low stools around one side of a round dining-room-sized table.

According to the pool reporter inside the room, before the debate began a candidate knocked over a light trying to get to the table, and Charest remarked that the setup was “bizarre,” saying he'd "never seen anything like this.”
(Candidates Pierre Poilievre and Leslyn Lewis opted to skip the debate, spending the night with supporters instead, consequently facing a $50,000 penalty.)