OTTAWA — The Conservative leadership race has begun and the deadline to register as a candidate and meet the first round of requirements is Feb. 27.
The party has three declared candidates:
— Marilyn Gladu: Conservative MP for Ontario riding of Sarnia-Lambton.
— Peter MacKay: former Progressive Conservative leader, Conservative cabinet minister and longtime MP from Nova Scotia, who now lives in Toronto.
— Aron Seal: former director of policy for two Conservative cabinet ministers.
Others, in alphabetical order, who are considering bids:
— Rona Ambrose: former interim leader of the Conservative party and MP from an Edmonton-area riding.
— Jean Charest: former Liberal premier of Quebec, Progressive Conservative party leader and federal cabinet minister.
— Michael Chong: former Conservative cabinet minister, current MP for Ontario riding of Wellington-Halton Hills. Ran in the 2017 race.
— Gerard Deltell: current Conservative MP for the Quebec riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent and former provincial MNA.
— Richard Decarie: political aide under former Conservative leader Stephen Harper while in opposition, helped run Harper's Quebec operations.
— Michelle Rempel Garner: Conservative MP for the riding of Calgary Nose Hill.
— Vincent Guzzo: movie-theatre mogul from Quebec who also stars in the reality-TV program "Dragons' Den."
— Rudy Husny: longtime Quebec operative for the Conservative party, and businessman.
— Erin O'Toole: former Conservative cabinet minister and current MP from the Toronto-area riding of Durham. Ran in the 2017 race.
— Pierre Poilievre: former Conservative cabinet minister and current MP from the Ottawa-area riding of Carleton.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 15, 2020.
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