Canadian Conservative Party Leadership Candidates Chat

The Interior President Council, which consists of the Presidents of the 5 BC interior Conservative Party EDAs and invite all candidates for the leadership of the Conservative party of Canada to be interviewed, in Kelowna, BC, live or by Skype, March 28 and March 29, 2017.

It’s a “get to know the candidate” session with each candidate filmed separately. All shows will be posted on the website in a designated area with videos, photos and comments from the candidates.

In addition to the huge number of viewers of the entire membership of the Conservative Party will be invited to watch the shows. The Interior President Council will provide core questions for the interviews. The host, Brian Lovig, will add to these, check out the “interview” section on for his interation in other interviews. Each interview is expected to be in the 10 to 15 minute range. Each interview will be attended by EDA Presidents, board members, sitting and or former conservative Members of Parliament and University students. Members of UBCO CPC Campus Club will be invited to participate with some questions for the interviews.

Interviews will be Tuesday, Wednesday, March 28 and 29, 2017 by Skype or live, in studio, Kelowna, BC. Time slots are at the top each hour from 10 am to 5 pm each day, 14 time slots in total.

Confirm your time (for example “I want Tuesday at 11am” and give your preference of live or Skype time. Note that the times are west coast, PST.)

Kelowna is a fantastic place to visit. If you come for the live shoot we will entertain you!

Why would a candidate do this? Why wouldn’t a candidate do this. The debates are too crowded. And they are topic structures without personality tests. Voters want to meet the next Prime Minister. The shows will be posted for several weeks to assist voters with their decision. The Interior President Council EDAs and Right Edition are looking forward to introducing the candidates to Canadians!  Sign up! Pick your time slot!   email: or  

These are the 14 candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, and each is invited to participate in the Right Edition Chat

Chris Alexander

Chris Alexander, 48, is the former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (2013–2015),[44] and the former MP for Ajax—Pickering, Ontario (2011–2015). Prior to entering politics, he was the Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005.[45]

Maxime Bernier

Maxime Bernier, 54, is the MP for Beauce, Quebec (2006–present) and was the Shadow Minister of Innovation (2015—2016). He served in the Harper government as Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism (2011–2015), Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007–2008), and Minister of Industry (2006–2007), Bernier is considered a libertarian and advocate of limited government. This has caused him to be nicknamed “Mad Max”, the “Bloc-Buster”, or the “Albertan from Quebec” by his Ottawa colleagues. Prior to entering federal politics in 2006 Bernier, a lawyer by training, was vice-president of the Standard Life of Canada Insurance company, MEI, and manager of corporate and international relations at the Commission des valeurs mobilières du Québec

Steven Blaney

Steven Blaney, 51, was the Shadow Minister of Public Works and Government Services (2015–2016) for the Conservative Opposition, and is the former Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (2013–2015), Minister of Veterans Affairs (2011–2013). He is the MP for Bellechasse—Les Etchemins—Lévis, Quebec (2015–present) and Lévis—Bellechasse, Quebec (2006-2015).

Michael Chong

Michael Chong, 45, is the MP for Wellington—Halton Hills, Ontario (2004–present) and was the Deputy Shadow Minister of the Environment (2015-2016). He was Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth (2006) and Minister of Sport (2006). Chong resigned from the Harper cabinet in 2006 to protest the government’s recognition of the Québécois as a nation within Canada.As a backbench MP he advocated democratic reforms in Parliament to limit the power of the Prime Minister’s Office and party leaders over their caucuses and individual MPs and introduced the Reform Act to give caucuses the option of the power to remove party leaders, elect caucus chairs, and expel or readmit MPs, and elect interim leaders. He was a member of the Progressive Conservative Party at the time of the merger.

Kellie Leitch

Kellie Leitch, 46, is the MP for Simcoe—Grey, Ontario (2011–present), and was the Shadow Minister of Health (2015–2016). In the Harper cabinet she was Minister of Labour and the Status of Women (2013–2015). She is an orthopaedic pediatric surgeon at SickKids Hospital and an associate professor at the University of Toronto.

Pierre Lemieux

Pierre Lemieux, 53, is the former MP for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, Ontario (2006–2015). In the Harper government he was the Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages (2007–2008), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture (2008–2015), and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs (2015).

Deepak Obhrai

Deepak Obhrai, 66, is the MP for Calgary Forest Lawn, Alberta (2015–present), and represented Calgary East, Alberta (1997–2015), was Shadow Minister of International Development (2015–2016), and is the Dean of the Conservative Caucus. In the Harper government he was the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs (2006–2015).

Date campaign announced: July 14, 2016

Kevin O’Leary

Kevin O’Leary, 62, is a businessman, investor, journalist, writer, financial commentator and television personality.

Erin O’Toole

Erin O’Toole, 44, is the MP for Durham, Ontario (2012–present) and was Shadow Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (2015–2016) for the Conservative Party in Opposition. Previously, he served as Minister of Veterans Affairs (2015)

Rick Peterson

venture capitalist Rick Peterson considers joining Conservative ...

Rick Peterson, 61, venture capitalist, principal Peterson Capital, former candidate for leadership of the British Columbia Conservative Party,[44] party fundraiser.[223]

Lisa Raitt

Lisa Raitt, 48, is the MP for Milton, Ontario (2015–present), previously Halton, Ontario (2008–2015) and the former Shadow Minister of Finance (2015–2016), Minister of Transport (2013–2015), Minister of Labour (2010–2013), Minister of Natural Resources (2008–2010), President and CEO of the Toronto Port Authority (2002–2008).[50][53][139][228] Stepped down from shadow cabinet on October 14, 2016, to prepare for leadership bid.[229]

Andrew Saxton

Andrew Saxton, 53, is the former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (2013–2015), Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and for Western Economic Diversification (2011–2013), MP for North Vancouver (2008–2015), former chief executive officer of King George Financial Corporation.[262]

Andrew Scheer

Andrew Scheer, 37, Opposition House Leader (2015–2016), MP for Regina—Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan (2004–present), Speaker of the House of Commons (2011–2015).[44]

Brad Trost

Brad Trost, 42, MP for Saskatoon—University, Saskatchewan (2015–present), had represented Saskatoon—Humboldt, Saskatchewan (2004-2015), and was appointed Official Opposition Critic for Canada-U.S. Relations (2015–2016) following the 2015 election. Prior to election, Trost worked as an exploration geophysicist (prospector) in natural resources extraction in the north. He was also an active participant in his family’s mixed grain, oilseeds and beef cattle farm operation. In his first Parliament, he founded the Conservative Party Energy Caucus and pushed for the re-creation of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources. He has served on the Standing Committees on International Trade and on Industry, and was elected vice-chair of the Canada-U.S. Parliamentary Association.[305]