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Conservative caucus will pick interim leader from eight candidates

Candidates will each have three minutes to win support for leadership bid


 
Monday, October 19, 2015 - Calgary, Alberta -  Conservative party supporters arrive to an empty room as they wait for party leader Stephen Harper to speak from Calgary, Alberta on Monday, October 19, 2015. (Photograph by Chris Bolin)

Conservative party supporters arrive to an empty room as they wait for party leader Stephen Harper to speak October 19, 2015. (Photograph by Chris Bolin)

OTTAWA — Conservatives will pick an interim replacement today for former leader Stephen Harper — a decision that could, at least temporarily, mark a shift to how the party operates.

There are eight members of Parliament running for the temporary position, which was vacated by Harper after the Tories lost the October federal election.

Behind the scenes, the candidates have been lobbying hard to win the job, but some have been criticized for being too closely associated with Harper’s team, or for having embraced the former leader’s tone.

Each candidate will be given three minutes to address their fellow caucus members, and convince them why they would be the best choice to head the party until a more permanent replacement is chosen.

It’s not yet clear exactly who will be voting for the interim leader.

Changes to the Parliament of Canada Act enacted before the election will require MPs to decide on four matters at the caucus meeting, including whether senators should be excluded from the leadership vote.

There are perks to the interim leader’s job, including a hike in pay of $80,100, a car and driver, and accommodation at Stornoway, the official residence of the Opposition leader in Ottawa’s tony Rockcliffe neighbourhood.

 


 

Conservative caucus will pick interim leader from eight candidates

  1. It may be inside baseball, but if you’re going to publish an article titled “Conservative caucus will pick interim leader from eight candidates”, is it asking too much that the article name the 8 candidates?

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