'Stop looking for the Messiah': Preston Manning on the future of the Conservative Party - 2020-02-23

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F182.png 'Stop looking for the Messiah': Preston Manning on the future of the Conservative Party February 23, 2020, Ania Bessonov, CBC News

Thursday marks the last day politicians will be able to enter the Conservative leadership race. So far, four candidates are in the running: Peter MacKay, Marilyn Gladu, Leslyn Lewis, and Erin O'Toole.

The leadership contest comes at a pivotal time for Conservatives. The party is rebuilding, after last fall's election. Conservatives dominated in Western Canada, but couldn't win enough support in the Greater Toronto Area or in Atlantic Canada. Now there's a lot of talk about change and who is going to lead them in a new direction.

Preston Manning, who founded the Reform Party in 1987, says the next generation of Conservative voters shouldn't look for an ideal candidate, but rather focus on who can build a "competent" team.

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