Conservative MP Weighs in on Leadership Race
Prince George, B.C. – Bob Zimmer isn’t ready to endorse any of the four candidates that have put their names forward to replace interim Conservative Party leader Rona Ambrose.
Ontario MP Tony Clement was the latest person to announce his candidacy this week. The others are fellow Ontario MPs Michael Chong, Kellie Leitch and Quebec MP Maxime Bernier.
“I haven’t said I’d endorse and I’m still not fully sure on who and if I will endorse anybody,” says the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP. “A lot of them are good friends and it’s tough when you’re trying to pick the best of a family member, so I’m still wanting to see more candidates announce.”
So what’s he looking for in a new leader?
“Somebody that cares about resource development, most conservatives do but I’d say with a western understanding of how things work out here economically and somebody that’s close to the west too – especially to our riding.”
In order to find that type of candidate he admits he’s tried “to coax” a few BC MPs into running.
“Somebody from BC would be well received on the national level. Someone from the west coast that knows what that centrist conservative looks like.”
He’s also sees value in having a candidate from the ‘outside’ join the race.
“Absolutely. I’m not a supporter of any of the candidates in the states but I think you see some attraction to the outside candidate and you see that with the Trump candidacy,” says Zimmer.
“People want that refreshing person of the people kind of individual that’s going to lead the country.”
The party will select its next leader May 27, 2017.
250News contacted Cariboo-Prince MP Todd Doherty’s office for an interview on the leadership question but Doherty didn’t respond to the request.