May 19, 2024
Poilievre joins growing list of Tories not ruling out a leadership bid
"It's too early to say what's going to happen. There will be lots of people who will put their names forward. What I do know is that we need someone who will stand up, fight back, and win," said Poilievre, while pounding his fist on the podium.
“It’s too early to say what’s going to happen. There will be lots of people who will put their names forward. What I do know is that we need someone who will stand up, fight back, and win,” said Poilievre, while pounding his fist on the podium.

OTTAWA — Longtime Conservative member of Parliament Pierre Poilievre has added his name to a growing list of Conservatives who aren’t ruling out a leadership bid.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference Monday, Poilievre wouldn’t give a clear answer when explicitly asked if he’s ruled out a run – but he did say that he doesn’t have “any campaign organization” at the moment.

“It’s too early to say what’s going to happen. There will be lots of people who will put their names forward. What I do know is that we need someone who will stand up, fight back, and win,” said Poilievre, while pounding his fist on the podium.

The Conservative finance critic’s carefully worded response allowed him to join an increasingly wide net of high-profile Conservatives who have been tip-toeing around an explicit answer as to whether they plan to run or stand down. After Andrew Scheer announced his plans to resign as party leader last Thursday, he barely had time to step away from the microphone before the names of potential candidates started to spread like wildfire.

As a result, high-profile Conservatives have been pressed on whether they’re interested, and so far only a few – including provincial cabinet ministers Caroline Mulroney and former federal cabinet minister Lisa Raitt – have clearly stepped away from an increasingly crowded field of potential candidates.

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Don Deacon
Don Deacon
December 19, 2019 3:38 pm

Justin Trudeau did run the country albeit into the ground.

Gabby in QC
Gabby in QC
December 19, 2019 7:25 am

Add Jean Charest to that growing list of possible leadership candidates — which would be a mistake, IMO, as would be Peter MacKay. Poilievre is younger, thinks fast on his feet, is a good communicator in both official languages, and has a sense of humour.

BTDT
BTDT
December 19, 2019 7:21 am
Gabby in QC
Gabby in QC
December 19, 2019 2:07 pm
Reply to  BTDT

Trudeau’s apparent slow-fade-to-black 😉 is simply the confirmation of what all Canadians should have known … that Trudeau was simply the symbolic figurehead, with Gerald Butts pulling all the strings.
Also, if true that Freeland is “the minister of everything”, that means Trudeau can remain unblemished whenever anything goes wrong. The buck would stop on Freeland’s desk, wouldn’t it?

Gabby in QC
Gabby in QC
December 19, 2019 2:13 pm
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Sorry, I don’t know why my reply to BTDT showed twice. I tried to edit, delete & then click “save” but it doesn’t appear to have worked.