"I guess my first concern would be, let's see how many candidates we end up getting," former Conservative transport minister Lisa Raitt said Wednesday. "The pool of resources is going to be finite."
“That's a lot of money for individual people to raise.”
— Lisa Raitt
Conservative MP Lisa Raitt answers a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Feb.25, 2016. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)She's one of a half-dozen former Conservative cabinet ministers considered bona fide potential party leaders.
Quebec MP: High spenders will be criticizedQuebec MP Gerard Deltell, the former leader of the Action democratique du Quebec, said leadership contestants would be well advised not to spend the limit. "I think if someone spends too much it will be criticized," said the newly elected parliamentarian. "We are conservative. We are very careful about money. So I don't think the one that will spend the most has an advantage." However, the length of the leadership race could boost spending. The new Conservative leader won't be chosen until May 27, 2017. That compares to recent Liberal and NDP races that lasted only half a year.
The campaign rules preserve the hard-won party voting system from 2004 in which each electoral district in the country is accorded equal weight. The system prevents regions with huge party memberships from swamping regions with fewer members, and was part of the original deal negotiated by Peter MacKay and Harper when the legacy parties merged. "The whole idea was to give all regions across the country equal rights," said Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai, who called it a "great rule." Candidates must register by Feb. 24, 2017. "I'm happy that the rules are out so everybody will understand," said Raitt, who says she's "absolutely" considering a run. "I guess it's officially kicked off."
“The whole idea was to give all regions across the country equal rights.”
— Deepak Obhrai
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