Social conservatives look to wield influence - again - on Conservative leadership race - 2020-01-29

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F49.png Social conservatives look to wield influence - again - on Conservative leadership race January 29, 2020, Brian Platt, National Post

As the field for the 2020 Conservative leadership race takes shape, at least three candidates with socially-conservative views are planning to get into the contest — and if history is any guide, they may eventually be in the position of kingmaker.

Conservative leadership front-runners have made it clear they want to move past questions about abortion and gay rights, with the top contenders all now promising to march in a Pride parade. But it won't be easy in a race where social conservatives are looking to wield significant influence on the results, just as they did in the 2017 race that crowned Andrew Scheer.

Scheer received a large boost in support from the social conservatives who dropped off the ranked ballot in 2017, particularly from Brad Trost, who finished fourth. Doug Ford received a similar boost in the 2018 Ontario PC leadership race when Tanya Granic Allen, who had the backing of sex-ed protesters, dropped off the ballot.

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