The social conservative wing of the Conservative Party looks set to have at least one flag-bearer in the leadership race, as former party staffer Richard Décarie is collecting signatures and has a network forming behind him.

“All the so-cons are mobilizing behind me because I’m the only candidate who is running that actually represents their values,” Décarie said on Tuesday.

The party’s social conservative wing is a large, energized voting bloc in leadership races and could well be a kingmaker in a close race, given the ranked ballot system. In 2017, Andrew Scheer received heavy down-ballot support from voters who backed other social conservative candidates, a significant factor in his come-from-behind victory over Maxime Bernier.