AND THEN THERE WERE TWO: FELLOW CONSERVATIVE MP LESLYN LEWIS JOINS PIERRE POILIEVRE IN RACE FOR NEXT LEADER

Mar 09, 2022

By Jane Brown

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Haldimand-Norfolk MP Leslyn Lewis will make another run to lead the federal Conservative party.

The former Bay Street lawyer and third-place finisher in the 2020 leadership contest has confirmed her candidacy on social media.

Lewis tweeted the news on Tuesday, stating her campaign will focus on “hope, unity and compassion.”

Following the resignation of Andrew Scheer as Conservative leader, Lewis ran for the party’s top post.

Notably, she dubbed herself as pro-life, said she would scrap the Liberal’s carbon tax, and pledged to implement “good common sense” fiscal policies. She also promised stricter penalties for politicians who break ethics law, and the upholding of individual freedom of speech.

Throughout the pandemic, she has come under fire for her skepticism on the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines for children.

On her 2022 campaign website, Lewis says the past two years have seen the Liberal government “divide, discourage and refuse to listen to Canadians” and that Canada has moved away from the basic respect of human freedoms.

The only other officially declared candidate is Ottawa-area MP Pierre Poilievre.

Thursday evening, former federal Progressive Conservative leader and former Liberal Quebec premier Jean Charest is expected to officially announce his campaign in Calgary.

And a former Doug Ford P.C. MPP who now sits as the independent member for Toronto’s York Centre riding, and who was noted for speaking out against COVID-19 lockdowns, also plans to join the federal Conservative leadership race.

Roman Babur will apparently launch his campaign Wednesday evening.

Prospective candidates have until April 19 to declare their candidacy.

As was the case in the 2020 leadership race, the entry fee stands at $200,000, in addition to a compliance deposit of $100,000.

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