Canadian Conservative Leadership Candidates

157px-conservative_party_of_canada-svgThere are 14 candidates to replace Steven Harper as the next leader of Canada’s Conservative party. I’m going to try to tabulate their positions on various issues. This is a bit of a work in progress.

I’ve begun adding the candidates response from the leadership debate held in Halifax on Feb. 4, 2017.

Initials Candidate Initials Candidate
CA Chris Alexander MB Maxime Bernier
SB Steve Blaney MC Michael Chong
KL Kellie Leitch PL Pierre Lemieux
DO Deepak Obhrai KO Kevin O’Leary
EO Erin O’Toole RP Rick Peterson
LR Lisa Raitt ASa Andrew Saxton
ASc Andrew Scheer BT Brad Trost
Issue CA MB SB MC KL PL DO KO EO RP LR ASa ASc BT
Jobs and Economic Growth ? ? ? priv cmhc spend cap ? loans dereg ? ? ? apren ? ?
Increase Immigration yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Health Spending incr prov ? ? ? ? phar ? ? priv ? priv ? ?
Defense Spending
incr ? ? ? ? ? ? 2%gdp ? ? ? ? ? incr
Settle Land Claims yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Balance Budget ? 2 yrs ? ? ? ? ? yes ? 2 yrs yes yes ? ?
Legalize Marijuana ? yes ? ? no ? ? yes ? ? ? ? ? no
Sex Assault Min Sentences
yes ? yes yes yes ? yes no yes ? yes ? ? ?
End Corporate Welfare ? yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Canadian Values Test ? no yes ? yes ? ? no ? ? no ? ? ?
Abolish the CRTC ? yes ? ? ? ? ? yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Privatize Canada Post ? yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Free Trade ? yes ? ? ? ? ? yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Corporate Tax Rate ? 10% ? lower ? lower ? lower sm.b zero ? ? ? lower
Carbon Tax no* no no* yes no no* no* no no* no* no no* no* no
Income Tax ? lower ? lg cut ? ? ? ? ? 15%fl ? ? ? lower
CBC’s Budget/Future ? -150M ? ? dfund ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? sell
Niqab Ban ? ? yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Abortion ? ? ? ? ? no ? ? ? ? ? ? ? no
Gay Marriage ? ? ? ? ? no ? yes ? ? ? ? ? no
Student Debt Tax Credit ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? yes ? ? ? ? ?
GST ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 9% ? ? ? ?
Issue CA MB SB MC KL PL DO KO EO RP LR ASa ASc BT

Some interesting insights:

  • Michael Chong is pro carbon tax
  • Both Kellie Leitch and Brad Trost, who’ve said they’ll defund or sell the CBC, have also said they’re against legalizing marijuana
  • Deepak Obhrai has no stated policies
  • Erin O’Toole is for paying for student debt; he proposes tax cuts for companies that reduce emissions
  • Rick Peterson wants to give corporations a free ride and increase the GST to 9%
  • Brad Trost advocates overriding the charter of rights on minimum sentencing

Main sources:

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About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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