Conservative leadership contestants meet for final official debate


The four candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party are participating this evening in the only official debate in English on this broadcasts Power and politicsspecial coverage of the live debate. The debate will be followed by scrums with journalists.

Many expect the two leaders – former cabinet ministers Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole – to spend most of the debate tackling, while the two lesser-known candidates – Toronto attorney Leslyn Lewis and rookie MP Derek Sloan – will try to introduce themselves. to those who choose Andrew Scheer’s successor.

The debate is moderated by Lisa Raitt, former Member of Parliament and Deputy Party Leader. Raitt is co-chair of the Conservative Party Election Leadership Committee (LEOC) alongside last night’s moderator Dan Nowlan.

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Topics for discussion include COVID-19, seniors, “how to win a majority government and broaden the electoral coalition”, issues affecting Indigenous peoples and social conservatism.

The party also added “racism in Canada” to the list of topics to be discussed by the candidates this evening.

The candidates met last night for a televised debate in French.

MacKay and O’Toole spent much of the debate attacking each other. MacKay tried to mark O’Toole as out of step with mainstream social issues like abortion. He also suggested that O’Toole replicate some of the Liberal government’s environmental policies, saying Canada does not need an “Erin Trudeau”.

O’Toole wooed social-conservative voters and also said he was uncomfortable with Liberal government legislation banning conversion therapy.

WATCH | The opening statements of the debate in French (with English translation)

Erin O’Toole, Peter MacKay, Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan make opening remarks at the first of two CPC moderate debates in Toronto. 4:16

O’Toole, in turn, tried last night to portray MacKay as the man of yesterday and called MacKay a “career politician” who cannot afford to defeat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the next election.

MacKay led the Progressive Conservative Party in the early 2000s until it merged with the Canadian Alliance to form the current Conservative Party.

MacKay said O’Toole revealed himself to be an “angry man” by launching attack announcements during the campaign.

O’Toole defended his environmental policies, saying the party must present a credible climate plan to Canadians in the next election. He said MacKay, as Minister of Defense, had not responded to the supply of key equipment such as the F-35.

Lewis later said that debating in French was a “scary” experience because she had little knowledge of the language. She said that this evening’s debate will provide a more level playing field because all of the candidates are English speaking. Lewis, a Pentecostal, promised changes on social issues such as conversion therapy and abortion.

She also touted an economic plan that she believes will boost the natural resources sector.

Like Lewis, Sloan woos the conservative social wing of the party. He has a 12-point pro-life plan and has taken a tougher stance on immigration than his opponents. Sloan proposes to work with the provinces to develop laws that would force women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion.

The election, which will take place entirely by mail, is scheduled to end on August 21.


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