EDITORIALS: Candidates for the leadership of Progressive Conservatives

Got the deposit, you can run for leader of the Cdn PC Party!

A bit of an exaggeration of course, but not far off the mark in the sense that the majority of the candidates are unknowns to most Canadians. Yet, almost to a person, each has been very involved with the party and as a parliamentarian in Ottawa.

Here’s a summary of who they are and the policies for which they stand:

Chris Alexander

Credentials or CV
Served in Canadian Embassy in Moscow for 6 years

Liaison officer for Vladimir Putin at G8 summit in Kananaskis, Alberta
Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan
Conservative candidate for Ajax-Pickering
Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Defence Peter Mackay
Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, 2013-15

Political position
None described on his site


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Maxime Bernier

Credentials or CV
called to the Quebec Bar in 1990

Executive Vice-President of the Montreal Economic Institute in 2005
Member of Parliament, Beauce, QC, 2006
Cabinet: Minister of Industry, 2006
Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2008.
Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, 2011

Political position
proponent of reforms to CBS/Radio-Canada
supporter of revisions to Health Care and its funding
supports responsible plan for income tax cuts
promotes unleashing of Canada’s productive forces
supports free trade of maple syrup

promotes free trade within Canada
positive position pm Carbon pricing in Canada
promotes policy for improving fairness in air travel within Canada
seeks revision to Canada-China free trade policy
supports privatization of Canada post
wants new softwood lumber accord for Canada
supports Telecom deregulation
promotes improvement to ‘supply management’ regulations in Cdn economy
supports redefinition of marriage
committed to balanced budget blueprint within 2 years of attaining office
promotes ending corporate welfare


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Steve Blaney

Credentials or CV
Quebec’s engineer

Member of Parliament, Lévis-Bellechasse, QC, 2006
Cabinet: Minister of Veterans Affairs, 2011
Minister of Public Safety, 2013

Political position
supported Bill C-42, passed as The Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act

supported Economic Action Plan, 2013 to financial assist Vets with Funeral expenses
help reduce bureaucracy within Veterans Affairs dept.
created the Veterans Transition Advisory Council to assist in to civiliantransition employment
promoted natural gas link between Levis and Sante-Claire
annual fund raiser in the swim across the St. Lawrence (Quebec to Levis)
initiated bill to toughen sentencing against drunk drivers


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Michael Chong

Credentials or CV
senior positions:  Barclay’s Bank and Research Capital Corporation,  Greater Toronto Airports Authority and the National Hockey League Players’ Association,

Political position
promotes tax reform: reduction, broaden revenue base, making
tax system more equitable
assist small businesses in becoming more competitive
make housing more affordable
assist lower income Canadians


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Kevin O’Leary






Credentials or CV
Canadian businessman, founder of O’Leary Funds and Softkey, television (Dragon’s Den, Shark Tank, Lang and O’Leary Exchange) and radio personality, his Softkey company acquired by Mattel for multimillions, O’Leary was eventually fired by Mattel after the acquisition resulted in significant losses and multiple lawsuits.

Political position
Supports NAFTA, promotes reduction of corporate tax rates in Canada, promises to eliminate carbon tax, critic of deficit spending and supports elimination of national debt, opposes control of CRTC over Canada’s telecommunication system; favours pipeline construction; advocates liberal social policies such as legalization of marijuana; strong critic of funding gap for Canada’s Armed forces; opposes Leitch’s immigration screening policy; advocates that Senators pay money to hold their positions as Senators.


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Kellie Leitch

Credentials or CV
middle class family, father started a construction company in Fort McMurray, Alberta
annual fund raiser for Cdn Breast cancer Foundation in memory of her mother
orthopedic surgeon, clinical pediatric orthopedic specialist (London, Toronto, Ottawa)
chair of panel for the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit (due to late Jim Flaherty)

Political position
screening of new immigrants, refugees, and visitors for anti-Canadian values
supports cap on government spending
opposes carbon tax on basis that all Canadians will suffer tax increases with it
promotes dismantling of CBC
against legalization of marijuana


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Pierre Lemieux

Credentials or CV
Lieutenant-Colonel, Canadian Armed Forces

professional engineer
Member of Parliament: Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, 2006

Political position
understands the value of principled leadership and the importance of service based on nearly a decade of Parliamentary experience and 20 years of military service



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Daniel Lindsay

Credentials or CV
physician and health care facility administrator

five tours of duty as a civilian volunteer in Afghanistan
President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
Chief of Staff and site Chief Medical Officer of a regional hospital in Manitoba
Physician of the Year, 2012

Political position
his emphasis is on reform and modernization of and costs reduction in the Canada Health Act
believes conservatism is the path to prosperity, personal
freedom and opportunity
his goal to refocus the CPC party on issues that matter to Canadians: health care and the economy
his goal also is to retake the conservative brand, reminding Canadians why conservatism matters


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Deepak Obhrai

Credentials or CV
Member of Parliament, Calgary, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2015

longest-serving Conservative MP in Canada
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation
Parliamentary Secretary for International Human Rights
one of 35 most influential Indo-Canadians in Canada
Pride of India Award
Sri Chinmoy Peace Foundation award
Vision World organization of Ahmedabad award
Vietnamese Canadian Federation award

Political position
opposes Carbon tax

supports proper use of nuclear energy and recycled use of nuclear waste
proposes establishment of community centre to Fight Homegrown terrorism

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Erin O’Toole

Credentials or CV
Husband, father, former Air Force Captain, lawyer, and volunteer

Political position
devoted to:

            ensuring safe communities for Canadians
            an economy that creates good jobs
            a fairer tax system



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Rick Peterson

Credentials or CV
President of Peterson Capital, company that helps finance and support Canada’s leading public and private growth companies in the resource, technology, life science, industrial and other sectors

founder of the Midland Walwyn Charitable Foundation’s hot breakfast program in five inner Vancouver city Vancouver elementary schools
former director and instructor, Junior Achievement of BC
extensive mentorship and volunteer leadership, urban First Nations youth in East Vancouver
former coach in the Vancouver Thunderbird minor hockey assoc.
active Conservative Party member since 1986


Political position

to make Canada the most attractive economic growth opportunity in the world
to end US border hassles, eliminate corporate income tax, and build a digital government with the best modern technology
to ensure personal safety for Canadians at home and abroad

to introduce smarter immigration policies, using tiered security screening and increased terrorist surveillance
saying NO today and forever to a values test for citizenship
integrating The North fully with the rest of the country with Canada’s largest ever infrastructure program
to do more to inspire our members, to listen to our grassroots and to respect our fellow party members and allow them to run nomination campaigns without interference



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Lisa Raitt

Credentials or CV
elected 2008, 2011, 2015

            Minister of Transport
            Minister of Labour
            Minister of Natural Resources

Political position
site does not display information regarding political position


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Andrew Saxton

Credentials or CV
Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, 2008 and 2015

experienced financial manager
Senior Vice President of HSBC in Private Banking
Parliamentary Secretary to Treasury Board, and eventually to Finance
Worked directly with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Joe Oliver
director of the BC and Yukon Heart and Stroke Foundation
member of BC Premier’s Asia Pacific Trade Council
member of the Vancouver City Planning Commission
CEO, King George Financial Corp
Political position
believes his international perspective, extensive
real world experience, and his practical approach to conservatism will serve as the most relevant contrast to win the 2019 election for the Conservatives
pledges:         elimination of federal debt
                        more equitable tax reform
                        reform of govt regulation and roadblocks in economy.



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Andrew Scheer

Credentials or CV
Speaker of the House of Commons, four years

Member for Regina-Qu’Appelle, 2006, 2008, 2011, 215
Insurance broker

Political position
no concrete political position description on
promises a different vision than Trudeau
claims to be a real Conservative offering a positive vision for the country


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