Jean Charest booed after calling convoy truck drivers ‘illegal’

The exchanges between Pierre Poilievre, who is considered a favorite, and Jean Charest were particularly stormy. Unlike the other candidates, the two men didn’t even shake hands when they entered the stage or when they left it.

The animosity was palpable between the two men. Specifically, early in the debate, the Carleton member accused his opponent of… caught up in donation scandals while he was Premier of Quebec, from 2003 to 2012.

It’s surprising to hear you talk about law and order, since your liberal party [du Québec] accepted illegal donations of half a million dollars when you were in charge. The average truck driver has more integrity in his little finger than your entire Liberal cabinet had.

A quote from Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Carleton and candidate for the leadership of the CPC

When given a chance to speak, Mr Charest replied a few minutes later criticizing Mr Poilievre for publicly supporting the lorry drivers who stormed Parliament Hill from January 29 to February 20, who he believes were holding a demonstration. illegal

This choice of adjective subsequently earned him booing from a section of the public who contented themselves on Thursday with applauding the various positions presented by the leading candidates.

To donation scandals mentioned by Mr Poilievre, Mr Charest responded after the debate by addressing his opponent directly on Twitter.

Such baseless allegations of corruption were to be expected, but at least they have the merit of signaling to MPs and Canadians that you reject the rule of law and the institutions of this country.he said, referring to the UPAC investigation, which has been closed since February and has not led to charges.

Never lose again

Called to explain why the Conservatives have multiplied electoral defeats since 2015, the aspiring leaders, Pierre Poilievre and Jean Charest in charge, all presented themselves as capable of returning the party to victory.

Mr Poilievre, for example, boasted of his seven consecutive victories as a Member of Parliament, his communication strategy (which consists of get by the media, he explained) and the popularity of his activist gatherings since the start of the race.

According to him, it is because he is campaigning on the strengths of the CCP that its meetings are also popular.

And our greatest strength right now is that we are the party of tax cuts and fighting inflation, he explained. That’s why it’s important that we have a chef with an impeccable track record [en la matière]†

We can’t pick someone who has already raised taxeshe added, later in the evening accusing Jean Charest of having a health contribution in the 2010s and, more generally, not really conservative like him.

Christian Noel’s report

The director concerned stressed the importance of winning more rides in the Greater Toronto Area, where voters he said were deterred by the conservative pledge to create a whistleblower. barbaric cultural practices in 2015, when Pierre Poilievre was in government.

On several occasions, Mr Charest said on Thursday that he national conservative governmentin which the western, central and Atlantic provinces could be duly represented, without denying the conservative values ​​it claims as much as its opponents.

The former Quebec prime minister also assured in a tweet in English after the debate that he had voted for Stephen Harper. every time he showed up

Lewis withdraws from the game

Leslyn Lewis – the only woman in the race and the only representative of the social and religious right, which claims to claim a significant proportion of CCP members – also stood out on Thursday with virulent attacks on her opponents, including Pierre Poilievre.

In particular, the pro-life member of Haldimand-Norfolk accused the leader of not saying what brand he stayed with on the issue of abortion. She also criticized him for being late before showing his support for the protesters who blocked entry to the federal parliament this winter.

Lewis à M.Poilievre. En fait, vous n’avez pas abordé la question tant que cela ne vous était pas bénéfique.”,”text”:”Vous n’étiez pas celui qui parlait le plus fort, a lancé Mme Lewis à M. Poilievre. En fait, vous n’avez pas abordé la question tant que cela ne vous était pas bénéfique.”}}”>You weren’t the loudest speaker, Mrs. Lewis told Mr. Poilievre. In fact, you didn’t raise the issue until it was of benefit to you.

Leslyn Lewis on stage.

Leslyn Lewis is running in her second Conservative leadership race in two years.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld

Ms Lewis also directly challenged her opponent Scott Aitchison, who suggested during the debate that the Conservatives should not conspiracy theories

What worries me is that we keep running away from problems because we don’t want to be called conspiracy theorists, she noted. And then, a few months later, these realities come into play.

A first glimpse

Unofficially, Thursday’s debate was held in English at the Shaw Center in Ottawa. He opened the 14th Canada Strong & Free Network (CSFN) Networking Conference, formerly known as the Manning Center to Preston Manning, founder of the late Reform Party of Canada.

The oratorical contest, which lasted 90 minutes, was moderated by Candice Malcolm, editor of the right-wing media platform true northand radio host Jamil Jivani, who will become president of the CSFN in the coming days.

All certified candidates attended, with the exception of Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, who campaigns behind the cameras with cultural communities.

Important business

The CCP has faced heated debate since Erin O’Toole’s impeachment in February, most notably over the sanitary measures to be taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

More recently, the leak indicated that the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade has also revived the issue of abortion, a practice that, like Leslyn Lewis, has been opposed by dozens of conservative MPs. The entire caucus has also been ordered to remain silent on this matter.

In a press release, the Liberal Party of Canada, which currently heads a minority government backed by the New Democratic Party, also argued that the candidates for the leadership of the CPC on Thursday provided evidence that they disconnected from Canadian priorities

A step forward for Pierre Poilievre

The CPC leadership race has six official candidates, who have until June 3 to sell membership cards. Pierre Poilievre, Jean Charest, Patrick Brown, Leslyn Lewis, Scott Aitchison and Roman Baber are in the running.

None of them come from the provinces of western Canada, where, paradoxically, the militant base of the political formation is found.

Six other candidates aspired to replace Erin O’Toole, Leona Alleslev, Marc Dalton, Joseph Bourgault, Grant Abraham, Joel Etienne and Bobby Singh, but they did not have their candidacy certified by the party.

Five out of six conservative candidates for leadership.

From left to right: Roman Baber, Jean Charest, Pierre Poilievre, Scott Aitchison and Leslyn Lewis.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld

The House of Commons currently has 119 members of the CPC, which forms the official opposition in Ottawa. Of the couple, 52 deputies support Pierre Poilievre, four times more than Jean Charest, his closest opponent on the matter.

The MP for Carleton also leads in fundraising, according to the latest data from Elections Canada.

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Several other debates are yet to take place between now and the election of the new Conservative leader on September 10.

In particular, the six candidates will have to participate in the official PCC debates, which will take place on May 11 in Edmonton (in English) and on May 25 in Laval (in French). A third game may also be added if the side so decides.

Ex-journalist Tom Clark will be responsible for moderating the debate on May 11, but the identity of his French-speaking counterpart, before May 25, has not yet been revealed.

More details to follow.

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