Conservative leadership candidates in Edmonton for first official party debate

The six candidates vying to be the subsequent chief of the Conservative Get together of Canada will meet on stage tonight for the primary of two official debates.

The occasion in Edmonton comes lower than per week after 5 of the six contestants gave a feisty efficiency throughout an off-the-cuff debate in Ottawa, the place an excessive amount of focus was positioned on tackling COVID-19 missions and the latest convoy protest within the nation’s capital.

On Wednesday night time, candidates will ask questions on matters reminiscent of the way forward for vitality, the setting, legislation and order, the price of residing and the North.

On this dialogue, Patrick Brown, mayor of Brampton, Ont., will select to promote his get together memberships somewhat than attend the Ottawa occasion final week.

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His opponents embrace longtime lawmaker Pierre Poilievre, whom Brown has not too long ago criticized for providing “bizarre funding recommendation” for saying that the cryptocurrency Bitcoin is an answer to inflation.

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Poilievre additionally discovered herself defending herself in opposition to fellow lawmaker Leslyn Lewis, who revealed to her final week the fact of her assist for these opposing the pandemic pointers and her place on social conservative points.

Lewis, who opposes abortion, completed third in his get together’s 2020 management race and as soon as once more enjoys appreciable assist from teams that consider in limiting entry to the process.

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This subject has been introduced up once more in mild of a not too long ago leaked draft opinion from the US Supreme Court docket, which suggests it may overturn a nationwide legislation defending abortion rights in that nation.

The anti-abortion group Marketing campaign Life Coalition held a press convention in entrance of the Canadian Supreme Court docket Wednesday morning, the place Jack Fonseca, director of political operations, highlighted Lewis as the one anti-abortion candidate within the race.

He mentioned he supplied “widespread sense” insurance policies, reminiscent of banning so-called gender-selective abortions and promising to guard ladies from being pressured into the process.

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Liberal Well being Minister Jean-Yves Duclos additionally introduced that Ottawa will present $3.5 million in funding for tasks that promise to facilitate entry to abortion in Canada.

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Additionally on stage will probably be former Quebec prime minister Jean Charest, who launched his management candidacy in Calgary in March and introduced himself as the intense nationwide chief the get together wanted to defeat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

BC MP Ed Quick, who co-chairs his marketing campaign, not too long ago known as Charest the underdog of the race, as he has been out of federal politics for almost 25 years.

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