Conservative Party Suspends Leadership Race

The Conservative Party is suspending its leadership race due to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the political party announced late Thursday.
The party says it is no longer possible to meet deadlines for processing memberships and donations, and managing the ballots in time for the June 27 election.

No new date has been set. The party has said it will reassess the situation on May 1.

The pressure has been strong for several days on the organizers so that the race is suspended.

Requests to delay the race came from two candidates – Erin O’Toole and Derek Sloan – as well as dozens of high-ranking conservatives and members of the base.

Candidate Peter MacKay had instead insisted that the deadline be brought forward, while Leslyn Lewis, the fourth candidate on the ballot, argued that the deadlines should be respected.

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