May 27, 2017 is the date the federal Conservative Party will elect a new leader.
Several current MPs are said to be considering a run along with TV personality Kevin O’Leary.
Interim Leader Rona Ambrose is in Winnipeg and tells Geoff Currier that O’Leary does share the same values as many other conservatives.
“I think he reflects some of the frustration in the business community about the over-regulation, over-taxation, the size of the debt that the government is taking on,” Ambrose says. “I think that appeals to some people, obviously. Listen, it’s a wide-open race, and there will be many more people than Mr. O’Leary interested.”
Ambrose hopes at least ten candidates will step up to replace Stephen Harper. She expects an exciting and competitive race.
“There’s a lot of very talented people that are stepping forward to be a part of this party. We feel strongly that our values resonate with a lot of Canadians, and by 2019 in the next election, whoever is our new leader will be very well positioned.”
Ambrose cannot run but says that electing a new leader next May gives them time for the leader to establish themselves ahead of the next election.