Last night, the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) caucus elected Manitoba MP Candice Bergen (Portage-Lisgar) as interim leader of the party after they voted to remove Erin O’Toole earlier in the day.
Nine candidates had put their names forward for the position. After a private caucus vote Ms. Bergen, who had been serving as Deputy Leader and has represented her Manitoba riding since 2008, was given the nod from her colleagues. Speculated as a possible leadership contender, by becoming interim leader Bergen now cannot run for the party’s permanent leadership role.
She will serve as interim leader until a permanent one is selected by party members. CPC President Rod Batherson has said the party’s national council will soon be appointing a leadership election organizing committee. That committee will then set the rules for the leadership race.
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