Rapid-fire politics

Spring training hits Ottawa: Conservative hopefuls warm up

Follow along with speedy punditry on 'Woodstock for Conservatives' and doctor-assisted death

The Manning Centre Conference is like spring training for potential Conservative Party leadership candidates—a place to showcase new ideas, launch trial campaign balloons, and gauge the first sense of real political momentum. After watching the Republican race in the United States, what do Conservatives in Canada have to do to re-calibrate before the next election? And will Kevin O’Leary do to the party what Trump has done to the Republicans?

Evan Solomon and Maclean’s Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes kick off their weekly Rapid-Fire Politics with that question. They also talk about how the Liberal government will deal with the thorny issue of doctor-assisted death, and what Justin Trudeau will accomplish when he meets with premiers in Vancouver.