EDITORIAL: Conservative leadership race shapes up
The Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership race is shaping up to be a busy field. That’s good news. We need robust debate about the issues that matter to Canadians. That process benefits from more voices at the table.
Pierre Poilievre was the first out of the gate and is largely perceived as the early frontrunner. That may change though as two other high profile candidates are expected to announced their candidacy.
And that’s only now. There is still time for other candidates to join, as the deadline is April 19. Mail-in ballots will be sent out in the summer and the results will be announced on Sept. 10.
The fees are a little high though — $200,000 registration fee, with an additional $100,000 deposit refunded at the end. While it’s important to put a barrier to entry such that non-serious candidates can’t enter on a whim, it’s also important that people who aren’t necessarily tapped into the traditional system of political fundraising can still have an opportunity to offer fresh ideas.
Everyone loves a good leadership race. There is always much political drama and horse trading.