It's the end of the Conservative Party as we know it - 2020-01-26
On that front, MacKay has come stumbling out of the gate. His carefully choreographed launch was clearly intended to speak to the party's right flank. First, there was the sit-down exclusive interview with the Toronto Sun's Brian Lilley – at a Tim Hortons in Toronto, no less – to put to rest those questions about MacKay being too "Red Tory."
Then there were the obligatory shots at Trudeau not being man enough to be PM in MacKay's campaign-style stump speech broadcast on Facebook from small-town Nova Scotia. MacKay plays hockey, Trudeau does yoga and wears costumes, don't you know.
And with that MacKay staked his claim to a party leadership that is looking more like a coronation now that he's the only credible candidate standing. Unless, that is, Stephen Harper decides to jump in. Don't look now, but the prospects of the former PM returning to the fray has been trending on Twitter.