Who’s running for Conservative leader? A look at declared and potential candidates

OTTAWA — The Conservative leadership race is underway and the deadline to register as a candidate and meet the first round of requirements is Feb. 27.

The leadership convention is taking place in Toronto on June 27.

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These candidates have officially declared they intend to run:

  • Richard Decarie: political aide under former Conservative leader Stephen Harper while in opposition, helped run Harper’s Quebec operations.
  • Marilyn Gladu: Conservative MP for Ontario riding of Sarnia-Lambton, formerly a professional engineer.
  • Peter MacKay: former Progressive Conservative leader, Conservative cabinet minister and longtime MP from Nova Scotia, who now lives in Toronto.
  • Erin O’Toole: former Conservative cabinet minister and current MP from the Toronto-area riding of Durham. Ran in the 2017 race.
  • Rick Peterson: Alberta businessman, candidate in 2017 leadership campaign.
  • Aron Seal: former director of policy for two Conservative cabinet ministers.
  • Bobby Singh: entrepreneur and Conservative candidate in 2019 election in riding of Scarborough-Rouge Park.
  • Derek Sloan: Conservative MP for the Ontario riding of Hastings-Lennox and Addington.

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Others, in alphabetical order, who are considering bids:

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  • Michael Chong: former Conservative cabinet minister, current MP for Ontario riding of Wellington-Halton Hills. Ran in the 2017 race.
  • Michelle Rempel Garner: Conservative MP for the riding of Calgary Nose Hill.
  • Vincent Guzzo: movie-theatre mogul from Quebec who also stars in the reality-TV program Dragons’ Den.
  • Rudy Husny: longtime Quebec operative for the Conservative party, and businessman.
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