Monday, September 25, 2023

Candice Bergen considering Conservative leadership bid after Ambrose, Poilievre drop out

Manitoba MP Candice Bergen is seriously looking at launching her own bid for the Conservative leadership, a change of heart that comes after three high-profile candidates decided last week not to run.

“The field just became very small very quickly,” said the source, who would only speak on condition they weren’t named. “Circumstances have changed.” The source said Bergen has not yet made a final decision.

Bergen told the National Post by phone that she did not want to comment on the matter.

She would face at least one major obstacle if she got in the race: she is not bilingual, and many Conservatives believe their leader must be fluent enough to take part in French-language debates. It would be difficult for Bergen to get her French up to that level quickly.

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