The near-coronation of Peter MacKay could be disastrous for the Tories - 2020-02-02
The federal Tory leadership race is underway. While the filing deadline is Feb. 27, some are starting to wonder if it's going to become a near-coronation.
Former Tory cabinet minister Peter MacKay has taken a big lead. Many current and former MPs, Senators, MPPs, MLAs and party activists are coalescing around his leadership bid. And not all of them are, like MacKay, left-leaning Red Tories.
MacKay has also been aided by other potential leadership candidates, including former Tory interim leader Rona Ambrose, Tory MP Pierre Poilievre and former Quebec Liberal Premier Jean Charest, having dropped out like flies.