Pierre Poilievre elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada

OTTAWA | Pierre Poilievre is the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. He won a landslide victory on the first ballot, leaving his rival, Jean Charest, to bite the dust.

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The new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Pierre Poilievre, during his victory speech this Saturday evening, at the Shaw Center in Ottawa.

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The new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Pierre Poilievre, during his victory speech this Saturday evening, at the Shaw Center in Ottawa.

With 68% of the vote against 16% for the former Premier of Quebec, Pierre Poilievre took the stage at the Shaw Center in Ottawa, while the euphoric crowd chanted “Freedom! Freedom! »the rallying cry of his campaign.

“We will give you back control of your money and your life,” he launched in a victory speech that was intended to be unifying after a fractious and divisive race.

While Mr. Charest advocated a return to the center, the new Conservative leader campaigned clearly on the right, displaying himself in favor of the “freedom” convoy and anti-sanitary measures, anti-elitist and for a minimal government.

“Canadians don’t need a government that runs their lives, they need a government that can run a passport office,” he said Saturday night.

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His message clearly hit home, judging by the tidal wave that was expressed at the polls.

By comparison, it took three laps for previous leader Erin O’Toole to claim victory in 2020 and 13 for his predecessor, Andrew Sheer, in 2017.

A pumped-up Party

“He has the strongest mandate of all modern Conservative leaders and the most united party,” said Conservative strategist Rodolphe Husny.

Quebec MP Joël Godin, from Portneuf–Jacques Cartier, however, told the Log hope that the new leader will readjust his speech to be “inclusive” with progressive conservatives like him who supported Mr. Charest’s campaign.

The Poilievre team says it brought nearly 312,000 new members to the party, more than the total number of those who voted in the previous two races.

In total, 678,708 people were called to vote.

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In addition to gaining more members than ever, the party has built up a significant prize pool: Team Poilievre raised $6.8 million, compared to Team Charest’s $2.7 million, according to Elections Canada.

like a rockstar

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During his campaign, Pierre Poilievre drew hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of supporters to nearly 80 rallies that sometimes looked like rock shows.

According to his team, in six months, 93,000 people took part from one end of the country to the other.

For Rodolphe Husny, this is a sign that there is a thirst for change across the country that Mr. Poilievre is able to capture and mobilize.

“Liberals should be worried,” he warns.

And this is the case, even in Quebec, where the new Conservative leader has won almost all the ridings.

Message for Quebec

“We will give hope to Quebecers, instead of being controlled by a centralizing and woke government in Ottawa,” he said in French to Quebec voters on Saturday evening.

To Quebecers, he notably promises to support GNL Québec, which wants to export liquefied natural gas to Europe. The Legault government, however, rejected the company’s natural gas liquefaction plant project in Saguenay last year.

But Mr. Poilievre wants to be the “paycheck” candidate and sees the export of hydrocarbons as a way to multiply them.

Who is Pierre Poilievre?

  • 43 years
  • Born in Calgary to a teenage mother who placed him up for adoption
  • Adopted by a family of Francophone teachers in Saskatchewan
  • Father of two children
  • First elected in 2004, aged 25
  • Member of Parliament for the riding of Carleton, a suburb of Ottawa
  • Minister of State for Democratic Institutions from 2013 to 2015, under Stephen Harper
  • Minister of Human Resources and Social Development in 2015

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