Some seemed to tell delegates they have no chance of winning.
To beat Justin Trudeau in 2019 we need to make gains on the east coast, in urban centres and with women. We need these voters to see themselves in our party. I represent all three. I've lived all these experiences and will always keep them in mind when making policy for Canadians.
Tory leadership hopeful has faced whisper campaign, too.
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These political analysts tell it like it is.
Make no mistake: the Conservatives' leadership race has dramatically set back their party, perhaps for years to come. Among other things, it has revealed the once-great Conservative Party of Canada to be nasty, brutish and short-sighted. By selecting a winner, the Conservative Party of Canada has rendered itself a loser, and wholly undeserving of power.
"Fresh and wholesome, just like the Conservative Party of Canada."
Celebrity businessman called out rival over recent controversy.
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The leadership hopeful says cheating accusations are hurting the race's legitimacy.
After a crushing defeat in 2015, the Conservatives sought to find a leader who could do what Stephen Harper could not; bring new voters especially millennials to the party, appeal to minorities and immigrants, and present a more moderate platform than the one Harper employed for his campaign.
"It could be time to put aside our desire to continuously be on the stage."
Lisa Raitt is still learning French, but says she's ready to be Tory leader.
Several prominent candidates were absent, including reality TV star Kevin O'Leary and Ontario MP Kellie Leitch.