Monday, October 2, 2023

A Charest candidacy would not push MacKay out of the Conservative leadership race, says campaign source

Some observers say the former cabinet ministers could end up fishing for votes and funds in the same pool

A source close to what could be Peter MacKay’s Conservative leadership campaign says the former Harper cabinet minister’s decision on whether to run won’t depend on what ex-Quebec premier Jean Charest does next.

While many Conservative insiders say they believe Charest will end up running for the federal Conservative leadership, a source close to Charest said he hasn’t made a final decision yet.

Charest is expected to announce his plans over the next week. Some have speculated that, as leadership candidates, Charest and MacKay would end up drawing on the same potential base of support — which might make MacKay reluctant to join a race that has Charest in it.

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