Canadian Press did a roundup story on it, here. I think mine (with extra Blaney!) is way more interesting.
- Erin O’Toole: Ontario MP and former veterans affairs minister, and who is “unaware” when there’s hardcore porn on his Twitter feed. Gotcha.
- Kellie Leitch: The pediatric orthopedic surgeon, first elected as an MP in 2011, was the first to file her paperwork in April, and had previously tanked the entire Conservative Party election campaign with crypto-racism, which she later tearfully apologized for, and then, um, embraced again.
- Maxime Bernier. The Quebec MP and former cabinet minister registered a few days after Leitch and has already outlined several key policy positions. He also hangs out with biker molls, loses cabinet documents, and is probably insane, because he regards an anti-Semitic, racist movie actor as a role model.
- Andrew Scheer: The former Speaker of the House of Commons launched his campaign at the end of September, and was arguably the worst Speaker in Canadian history, as seen here and here and here.
- Michael Chong: The Ontario MP is a longtime champion of democratic reform and I think he’s the best candidate in the race, which means he’s totally doomed.
- Deepak Obhrai. One of the longest-serving Conservative MPs, he registered last month after telling his caucus colleagues this Summer he planned to join the race. He doesn’t ever think his opponents are worthy of his time, so it’ll be interesting to see how those debate things go.
- Brad Trost: The social-conservative Saskatchewan MP first declared his interest in running for the top job after the party dropped a policy widely seen as opposing same-sex marriage at its convention in May. His Number One Priority is gender-separated bathrooms, apparently.
- Andrew Saxton. A defeated Vancouver-area MP. No, we couldn’t pick him out in a police line-up, either. Yes, he’s been linked to a massive offshore tax-evasion story. Yes, he was hauled into court for the Duffy prosecution. Hmm.
- Pierre Lemieux. A former Ontario MP also defeated in the last election. No, we don’t know who he is, so quit asking. But he apparently likes dressing up as a cowboy and shooting guns. No, we are not making this up, as much as we wish that we were.
- Steven Blaney: he announced today. He’s an MP and was a Minister. Called part of the Koran “hate speech.” And, just in case you still don’t know what he thinks about those Moooslims, he today entered the leadership race by making the niqab his big issue. Pertinent quote: “Never hate each other; never be jealous of each other; never think ill of each other; never boycott each other. Always remain brothers [and] sisters unto each other.” Source: the Prophet Muhammad.
- Rick Peterson. Vancouver businessman. This politics stuff is kind of hard.
Still working on it:
- Lisa Raitt: The former cabinet minister and current MP from the Greater Toronto Area stepped down from her role as finance critic Friday. I know her and like her, which also almost certainly spells electoral doom (see Chong, above).
- Chris Alexander. The former immigration minister, who lost his seat in the 2015 election, has made it clear in media reports he intends to run. Barbaric practices? This guy’s candidacy is a barbaric practice. Also, I have heard a tape recording of him from 2009 or so, bartering about becoming a Liberal. Unseemly, among other things.
- Adrienne Snow. A Toronto-based communications consultant, Snow was previously involved in several policy think-tanks. Campaigned against same-sex marriage, among other things. Why is she running? We don’t know. More importantly, we don’t care.
Thinking it over:
- Kevin O’Leary. The popular TV personality and businessman first mused about running for the leadership earlier this year, but also said he is in no rush to make up his mind. Please run. Please, God.
- Dan Lindsay: The former president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba formed a committee in the spring to explore a possible campaign. Seriously. He did that. Here’s a story about him, directly opposite the comics page.
- Tony Clement: The former cabinet minister dropped out of the leadership race this week, saying he did not want to expose his family to financial risk after his campaign fell short of fundraising goals he set when he launched his bid in July. In this, he is smarter than the vast majority of the other candidates. Full disclosure: I have a soft spot for him, because he likes punk rock.