About the party | Conservatives respond to Brian Mulroney

(Ottawa) Conservative Party members linked to the camps of Pierre Poilievre and Jean Charest responded Wednesday to former Progressive Conservative leader Brian Mulroney, who said the day before that he was no longer in the current political formation recognize.

Posted at 12:14pm

Michael Saba
The Canadian Press

On the sidelines of a speech at Quebec’s Laval University, Mr Mulroney, who led the country from 1984 to 1993, said he “didn’t really” recognize himself in the party, according to comments from The Journal of Quebec. The former prime minister is also reported to have said that his “friend” Jean Charest had “very good candidates”.

MP Pierre Paul-Hus said when he joined the group that Mr Mulroney led the Progressive Conservative Party. “It was a different party, maybe a different philosophy,” he offered.

Mr. Paul-Hus, the only Quebec MP to support Pierre Poilievre, often cited as the leader in the race for leadership of the party, argued that “a lot of young […] Adoration” of his candidate. As evidence, he cites membership card “sales records” across the country, including in Quebec.


Photo Sean Kilpatrick, The Canadian Press

Pierre Paul Hus

In the Charest camp, MP Gérard Deltell estimated that Mr Mulroney “will be very pleased” if his nominee wins.

On the subject, Mr Deltell argued that “the road to victory still exists and always does exist” as the points system requires support in every constituency across the country, despite the spectacular ticket sales claimed by its main opponent.

Jean Charest was a minister in Brian Mulroney’s government and later became the leader of the political formation.


Photo Sean Kilpatrick, The Canadian Press

Gerald Deltel

However, Mr Deltell denied wanting a return to the Mulroney era. “Every leader prints their approach, just as Mr. Mulroney did […], as Mr. Harper did with very different styles at the time, he said. And that’s normal, it’s the development of a political party. »

However, the former PM’s comments make New Brunswick Southwest MP and longtime activist John Williamson, who backs Pierre Poliver in the race, “a little sad”.

“I hope so, Mr. Mulroney […] will reconsider [sa position] because in order to beat the Liberals, all members must be with us,” he said.

The race for leadership of the Conservative Party is in full swing. According to party officials, more than 600,000 voters could be eligible to choose the next leader, more than double the number of members in the previous race. The board election is scheduled for September 10th.

In recent weeks, the virulence of the debates has increased fears of fractures within the Canadian right among many activists. Each candidate claimed to be the one who can unite the party.

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