Jean Charest

Candidates Roman Baber, left, Pierre Poilievre and Jean Charest, right, take part in the French language Conservative Leadership debate Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Laval, Que. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

’Little coalition’ of Charest and Brown spar with Poilievre

Politics Insider for May 26: Unpacking the French CPC debate; concerns over Poilievre’s campaign; and a threat to Quebec’s secularism bill
Brown leaves the Ontario PC Party Head Offices in Toronto, February 20, 2018. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Patrick Brown’s below-the-radar strategy

Politics Insider for April 19: The CPC race gets interesting; the Afghan evacuation hits a wall of red tape; and some angry realtors
Jean Charest speaks to supporters, March 24, 2022, in Laval, Quebec. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Jean Charest lets loose on Pierre Poilievre as debates loom

Politics Insider for April 12: Setting the stage for a CPC leaders debate; Charest goes on the attack; and a disaster for the PQ
Charest formally launches his campaign for the Conservative leadership campaign at an event in Calgary, Alta., March 10, 2022. (Dave Chidley/The Canadian Press)

Jean Charest officially launches his Tory leadership bid

Politics Insider for Mar. 11: The Charest factor; a look at what drives Poilievre; and a plan for Zelenskyy to address Parliament
Brown sits in his chair as an Independent MPP as he listens to Provincial Finance Minister Charles Sousa deliver the Ontario Provincial Government 2018 Budget, Queens Park, Toronto, March 28, 2018. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Patrick Brown and Jean Charest call a truce

Politics Insider for Mar. 10: A possible partnership in the CPC race; more aid for Ukraine; and trouble for Jason Kenney
Charest stands as he is recognized by the Speaker of the House of Commons following Question Period, on April 1, 2019 in Ottawa (Adrian Wyld/CP)

338Canada: Jean Charest’s (near) impossible task

Philippe J. Fournier: Charest may need to recruit as many as 100,000 new members—or 1,000 per day—to stand any chance in the leadership race
Charest arrives with his wife Michele Dionne for an event with potential caucus supporters in Ottawa, on March 2, 2022 (Justin Tang/CP)

What goes around comes around and its name is Charest

Paul Wells: Nothing worse can happen to Jean Charest than has already happened to him, many times. The real danger is the looming fight between him and Pierre Poilievre.
Charest arrives with his wife Michele Dionne for an event with potential caucus supporters, in Ottawa, March 2, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Jean Charest will reportedly run for the Conservative leadership

Politics Insider for March 8: Pierre Poilievre will be given a run for his money; Justin Trudeau defends Canada’s low defence expenses; Canada reassesses Russian petroleum
Former Quebec premier Jean Charest speaks to reporters as he arrives with his wife Michele Dionne for an event with potential caucus supporters as he considers a run for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, in Ottawa, March 2, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

The Conservatives will pick a new leader in September

Politics Insider for Mar. 3: Jean Charest hobnobs with Tories as he mulls over a leadership run; the United Nations General Assembly officially ‘deplores’ Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; Petro Poroshenko asks the UN to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine
A Ukrainian serviceman fires an NLAW anti-tank weapon during an exercise in the Joint Forces Operation, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 15, 2022. (Vadim Ghirda/AP)

Canada is sending more weapons to Ukraine

Politics Insider for Mar. 1: Conservatives press Trudeau to take a firmer stance on Ukraine; Chrystia Freeland delivers an impassioned speech; Jean Charest angles for the Tory leadership