Andrew Saxton speaks in the House of Commons in Ottawa on May 3, 2013. (Photo: Fred Chartrand/CP)The two highlighted their experience in the business world. "I am the only candidate who has significant financial experience in both the private sector and in government," said Saxton, who served as parliamentary secretary to two finance ministers and the president of the Treasury Board during his time in the previous Conservative government.
Economic focus"I would be committed to taking steps that would create a vibrant, free and unfettered economy that gives every Canadian the opportunity to both contribute to and share in our nation's progress and prosperity," Saxton said in remarks prepared for his campaign opening.
Financial services executive Rick Peterson smiles during a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Oct. 18, 2016. (Photo: Darryl Dyck/CP)"I will say no to an idea that would inevitably lead to an Orwellian 'citizenship values committee,' staffed with busybody bureaucrats," Peterson said in speaking notes sent by his campaign for his own launch event. Peterson said he would also help ensure the Conservative grassroots have a stronger voice in the party, by giving more power and resources to local riding associations.
Not official just yetNeither candidate has filed his paperwork or paid the first $25,000 instalment of the registration fee required to officially register as a candidate, but both say they are working on these. The Conservatives are to elect their new leader next May 27. The official candidates so far are Conservative MPs Maxime Bernier, Michael Chong, Kellie Leitch, Deepak Obhrai, Andrew Scheer and Brad Trost, but several others, including Ontario MP and former cabinet minister Lisa Raitt, as well as former MP Chris Alexander, are also expected to declare.
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