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Pierre Poilievre Becomes New Conservative Leader

By Allan Dearing Sep 10, 2022 | 9:40 PM

Courtesy CPAC

Pierre Poilievre is the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

The Ottawa-area MP won the leadership race with a sizeable 68.15 percent of the vote on the first ballot.

In addressing the convention crowd in Ottawa, Poilievre outlined many of the promises he campaigned on including curbing inflation, building more homes across the country, ending oil imports from ‘dictator’ countries, giving more autonomy to First Nations and making Canada the breadbasket of the world.

Poilievre’s main opponent was former Quebec premier Jean Charest who came a distant second in the race with only 16.09 percent of the vote among party members.

Poilievre did spend several minutes thanking Charest for his service to the country and the work he did during the 1995 Quebec referendum.

Conservative MP Leslyn Lewis came in third with 9.69 percent, former Ontario MPP Roman Baber had 5.03 percent while MP Scott Aitchison captured only 1 percent of the vote.

Earlier in the evening, the crowd heard speeches from leaders both past and present.

In a pre-recorded message, former leader Erin O’Toole urged members to heal divisions and strive for a united, strong and compassionate Conservative Party.

Interim leader Candice Bergen addressed the convention crowd and said Conservatives must choose unity not uniformity and members can have different views.


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