OTTAWA — Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose has been seeking advice from former Tory prime ministers, who told her the party should be making sure Progressive Conservatives feel welcome.
In the past few weeks, Ambrose has spoken to Brian Mulroney, Joe Clark and Kim Campbell, and to former Reform Party leader Preston Manning. All agreed that the party shouldn’t rush a leadership race, she said in an interview.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The news of House Speaker John Boehner's resignation brought hundreds of religious conservatives to their feet to cheer — and one after another, much of the Republican Party's presidential class joined Friday in their rejoicing."I'm not here to bash anyone, but the time has come to turn the page," said Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who shared the stunning development with the crowd at the annual Value Voters forum in Washington, where the rowdy cheers spanned 30 seconds.
EDMONTON — The gloves came off at Alberta’s Progressive Conservative leadership debate Sunday, with three candidates telling former Conservative MP Jason Kenney his plan to unite with the right-leaning Wildrose is cynical and shortsighted folly.
“Folks, this is a hostile takeover of our Progressive Conservative party,” candidate Stephen Khan told the 650 people who came to the debate at a southside Edmonton hall, to a smattering of cheers and boos.
OTTAWA — The Harper government claims the $2-billion hole in the Liberal Party’s child benefit plan has grown by another billion dollars because they have miscalculated the cost of cancelling the existing Conservative program.
As a taxable benefit, the Liberals have ignored the nearly $1 billion in tax revenue generated by the government’s existing child benefit measure, the government said – a charge the Liberals deny.
Call it the new battle of Ontario.
Preaching his message of change, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau accused Stephen Harper’s Conservatives of all but ignoring Canada’s most populous province in a campaign-style speech in Ottawa’s Little Italy on Monday.
“It’s 2015. It’s an election year. Now election years are the time when, traditionally, Mr. Harper’s Conservatives suddenly locate Ontario on a map of Canada,” Trudeau told Liberal party faithful at Sala San Marco Banquet Hall on Preston Street.
OTTAWA — Canada’s Conservatives, after nearly eight years of power, have become the country’s Establishment Party.
Traditionally viewed as a collection of misfits who couldn’t keep power once they achieved it — and who stabbed each other in the back during opposition — the Tories are now a political powerhouse.
The Conservatives have long been the Wal-Mart of Canadian political parties, driven by the mantra “every day low taxes.”
Families with children will next week find themselves on the receiving end of the Harper government’s largesse in the form of $3-billion of enhanced universal child care benefit.
Yet, despite promising $27-billion in tax cuts over the next five years, the Tories find themselves in the uncomfortable position of having been outbid for voters’ affections by Justin Trudeau.