With a day to spare, Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Scott Aitchison became an official candidate in the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race yesterday.
Candidates have until today at 5 p.m. to submit at least 500 nomination signatures and a $300,000 fee to be listed on the ballot.
The confirmed candidates, so far, that he will be up against include independent Ontario MPP Roman Baber, Brampton mayor Patrick Brown, former Quebec premier Jean Charest, Leslyn Lewis, who placed third in the last Conservative leaderhip race, and Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre, with others still trying to raise enough funds to meet the deadline.
On his Twitter feed, Aitchison posted, “We did it! Looking forward to bringing our message of hope and unity to Canadians all across the country. Let’s get to work offering practical, conservative solutions to today’s challenges.”
The CPC leadership vote is scheduled for September 10.
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