10/24/2016 06:45 EDT | Updated 10/24/2016 08:16 EDT

Conservative Leadership Race 2017: Here's Who's In, Who's Out, Who's Mulling It Over

Some are still working on a bid. Others haven't made up their minds.

OTTAWA — Quebec MP and former public safety minister Steven Blaney is the latest to join the Conservative leadership race after launching his campaign Sunday.

Here is the list of who else is in, who is leaning towards it and who is out.


Erin O'Toole, Ontario MP and former veterans affairs minister.

Kellie Leitch. The pediatric orthopedic surgeon, first elected as an MP in 2011, was the first to file her paperwork in April.

Quebec MP Steven Blaney launched his Conservative leadership campaign Sunday. (Photo: CP)

Maxime Bernier. The Quebec MP and former cabinet minister registered a few days after Leitch and has already outlined several key policy positions.

Andrew Scheer. The former Speaker of the House of Commons launched his campaign at the end of September.

Michael Chong. The Ontario MP is a longtime champion of democratic reform.

Former immigration minister Chris Alexander made it clear in media reports he intends to run. (Photo: CP)

Deepak Obhrai. One of the longest-serving Conservative MPs, he registered last month after telling his caucus colleagues this summer he planned to join the race.

Brad Trost. The social-conservative Saskatchewan MP first declared his interest in running for the top job after the party dropped a policy widely seen as opposing same-sex marriage at its convention in May.

Andrew Saxton. A defeated Vancouver-area MP.

Pierre Lemieux. A former Ontario MP also defeated in the last election.

Rick Peterson. Vancouver businessman.

Still working on it:

Lisa Raitt. The former cabinet minister and current MP from the Greater Toronto Area stepped down from her role as finance critic Friday.

Chris Alexander. The former immigration minister, who lost his seat in the 2015 election, has made it clear in media reports he intends to run.

Adrienne Snow. A Toronto-based communications consultant, Snow was previously involved in several policy think-tanks.

Thinking it over:

Kevin O'Leary speaks during the Conservative Party of Canada convention in Vancouver, Friday, May 27, 2016. (Photo: Jonathan Hayward/CP)

Kevin O'Leary. The popular TV personality and businessman first mused about running for the leadership earlier this year, but also said he is in no rush to make up his mind.

Dan Lindsay. The former president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba formed a committee in the spring to explore a possible campaign.


Tony Clement. The former cabinet minister dropped out of the leadership race this week, saying he did not want to expose his family to financial risk after his campaign fell short of fundraising goals he set when he launched his bid in July.

Tony Clement speaks at a rally in Mississauga, Ont. to announce his candidacy for the leadership of the federal Conservative Party on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (Photo: Chris Young/CP)

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