WINNIPEG – The race for the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada will roll through Winnipeg Thursday night.
Ten of the 14 candidates vying to replace Stephen Harper will square off in a debate at The Met on Donald Street.
Former Tory MP for Winnipeg South Rod Bruinooge will moderate, but admits some of the main contenders will be a no-show, including Kevin O’Leary who announced his candidacy on Wednesday.
“With Kevin O’Leary just getting in the race, we haven’t heard from his campaign, but we are not expecting him,” Bruinooge said while also mentioning Erin O’Toole, Kellie Leitch and Chris Alexander will be skipping the debate as well.
The debate is hosted by the Elmwood-Transcona EDA and tickets can be purchased on their website.
The Tories will elect a new leader on May 27, 2017 and Bruinooge said the pressure is on for candidates to recruit members.
“They’re interested in finding organizers, getting new members to the party, which are motivated by their message and of course, getting them to show up on voting day,” he said.