Can Poilievre stickhandle around rivals who are chasing his supporters?

By Shachi Kurl, President

May 12, 2023 – So, there’s a political player who wants to shift Conservatism to the centre of the ice? And there’s another pretender in the penalty box who would send the puck even deeper into Conservatism’s own zone? And neither of these players is the actual captain of the team? I’m no hockey expert, but I know this is all going to require skilful footwork on Pierre Poilievre’s part. Are his skates sharp enough?

To put it plainly, while the federal Conservative Party may have smart MPs, hyper-enthused supporters, and beat the Liberals in popular vote in 2019 and 2021, the party has a base problem. It needs more voters in urban and suburban places in order to win enough seats to form government. That’s why the re-emergence this week of two former Conservative leadership contenders poses massive potential headaches for the party.

Read more from the article in the Ottawa Citizen here.

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