Federal Conservative Leadership Race Heats Up
Mississauga, ON – A fourth candidate has jumped in the race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
Ontario MP Tony Clement made his intentions known via Facebook this afternoon.
“As someone who came from humble beginnings, as a former small business owner and as a tested public official. As one of the earliest leaders in uniting the right and who has throughout my life been an unapologetic principled conservative,” said Clement. “I’m proud to announce my candidacy for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.”
One of his main planks is “eliminating waste in government” and boasted he led a government review which saved billions of dollars every year for taxpayers which he said helped balance the government’s budget a year earlier than scheduled.
The long time MP is currently the party’s Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs and was formally the President of the Treasury Board from 2011-2015.
This will his second run at the leadership – he finished third to eventual winner Stephen Harper in 2004.
Other candidates include Quebec MP Maxime Bernier and Ontario MPs Michael Chong and Kellie Leitch.
The party will select their next leader on May 27, 2017.