With just over two months since Conservative Party voters choose their new leader, Pierre Poilievre continues to comfortably lead the polls, albeit less so in British Columbia
Leger’s latest mid-June snapshot shows that of 1,528 Canadians, 18% think Poilievre is the right person for the job. The number of people in favor drops to 13% when restricted to British Columbia, compared to 26% in Manitoba/Saskatchewan and 27% in Alberta.
Once limited to Conservative Party voters (389 respondents), Poilievre’s approval jumped to 44%. The other five potential new leaders are significantly lower, with Jean Charest receiving 14% support, Patrick Brown receiving 4%, Leslyn Lewis receiving 3%, Roman Baber receiving 2% and Scott Aitchison claiming 1%. Of the remaining voters polled, eight percent answered “none of these people” and 23% answered “I don’t know.”
If voters from non-Conservative parties are also included, in British Columbia the responses of “none of these people” and “don’t know” jump to 24% and 47%, respectively. Leger poll shows no results for Conservative Party voters only in British Columbia
The leadership vote is scheduled to take place on September 10. Here are the top four candidates:
The 43-year-old is a Calgary-born MP for the Ottawa region and Conservative Party finance critic. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Commerce from the University of Calgary before embarking on his political career.
Poilievre was the first to throw his hat in the ring after Erin O’Toole announced his departure, and has since campaigned on a platform of personal freedom and limited government. His message drew large crowds across the country.
Poilievre spoke particularly about the COVID-19 pandemic, calling the government’s mandates “unscientific”, tabling a bill to ban vaccine requirements and strongly supporting the convoy of protesters who occupied the center- city of Ottawa for weeks.
He also spoke at length about his plan to increase the number of houses being built, ban oil overseas, require universities to respect his understanding of freedom of speech to be eligible for grants. federal government, scrap the carbon tax and increase resource extraction.
He lives in the village of Greely, in eastern Ontario, with his wife Anaida and their children Valentina and Cruz.
The 64-year-old former Quebec premier is from Sherbrooke and has been in the federal political arena since 1984. Then 28, Charest won his riding seat for the Progressive Conservatives and then served as Minister for the Environment, the Situation of Youth and Industry, as well as Deputy Prime Minister.
He was leader of the now defunct PC party in the mid-1990s before leading the Quebec Liberal Party to three victories in the early 2000s. In 2012, Charest lost to the Parti Québécois and left politics to become a consultant at the McCarthy Tétrault law firm.
Charest is seen as a more moderate option among the six leadership candidates, having included a Conservative plan on climate change in his campaign and vowed to tackle things like childcare. He also described himself as pro-choice in response to the overthrow of Roe v. Wade.
He has been criticized by his fellow candidates for his work advising Huawei on the rollout of 5G in Canada.
Charest is the father of three children and lives in Montreal with his partner Michèle Dionne.
Toronto-born, the 44-year-old has been mayor of Brampton since 2018. He has a law degree from the University of Windsor and has been involved in Conservative Party politics since serving as president of their youth federation from 1998 to 2002. .
From there, he became vice-president of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and a city councilor for Barrie. He first ran federally in the riding of Barrie in 2004 and lost, but ran again in 2006 and won.
Brown was elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario in 2015 before stepping down in 2018 when allegations of sexual misconduct by two women were brought against him. He was kicked out of caucus and turned to politics in Brampton where he was elected mayor. Brown denied the allegations and settled a libel case with CTV News for their reporting on the story in March.
He campaigned on a promise to rebuild bridges burned by former conservative leaders, especially with marginalized communities, and to fight for religious freedoms.
He lives in Brampton with his partner Genevieve Gualtieri, son Theo and daughter Savannah.
Born in Jamaica, the 51-year-old moved to Ontario at a young age and now works as a lawyer and is the Member of Parliament for Haldimand—Norfolk. She made history in 2020 when she became the first black woman to run for the Conservative leadership, although she was reluctant to win then in third place.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Commerce, and a Doctorate in International Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. She worked on Bay Street in Toronto and was a small business owner before trying out federal politics for the first time in 2015.
She then lost after being thrown into the pool at the last minute when a video of the original contestant showing him urinating into a cup while working at someone’s home surfaced online. She won the riding of Haldimand—Norfolk in 2021.
Lewis’ campaign promises to unite Canada in “the spirit of love and togetherness.” She plans to withdraw funding from the CBC, strengthen border security and build more houses. She has been vocally pro-life and opposed the decriminalization of drugs.
The mother of two lives in Dunnville, Ontario. with her family.
-With files from The Canadian Press
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