Sunday, December 10, 2023

Tories set stricter rules for candidates entering race to avoid overcrowding like last time

Conservative leader candidates must raise $300,000 this time, as opposed to $100,000 in 2017, to throw their hat in the race

In total, candidates will need to raise $300,000 to stay in the contest, with $100,000 of that a refundable deposit for following the rules correctly. (The 2017 race had a $100,000 entry fee, of which half was refundable.) Candidates will also need 3,000 endorsements from party members spread across at least 30 ridings and seven provinces.

The spending cap, meanwhile, remains unchanged at $5 million per candidate. Many of the other voting rules, such as using a ranked ballot, are set by the party’s constitution and are thus unchanged from the last race. Candidates will be elected on a one-member, one-vote system weighted by riding. The final tally takes place June 27 in Toronto.

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