- Pierre Poilievre, one of 11 Conservative Party of Canada candidates running for prime minister, spent Friday campaigning across New Brunswick.
- Poilievre quickly allied with new New Brunswick MP Jake Stewart, naming him as his provincial campaign chair.
Pierre Poilievre, one of 11 Conservative Party of Canada candidates who have expressed interest in leading the party, spent Friday campaigning across New Brunswick.
Should his campaigning take him to the prime minister’s office, he announced plans to ban most non-US foreign oil in Saint John.
“Buying oil from polluting dictatorships in other countries is terrible for our environment,” said Poilievre.
“It sends our jobs, money, and pollution to countries with lax environmental standards.” Instead, let us focus on bringing jobs, money, and business to Canada’s most environmentally responsible energy sector.”
He claims that within five years of taking office, he’ll slash imports from Saudi Arabia while increasing Canadian production to make up for the shortfall – and that the province’s residents are behind him.
Poilievre says, “New Brunswickers share my vision of making Canada the freest country.”
‘Broaden his horizons.’
It may seem premature to look back five years after becoming Prime Minister — before even being approved for the CPC leadership ballot — but political science professor, Don Wright of the University of New Brunswick, thinks not.
“Pierre Poilievre needs to broaden his horizons,” says Wright.
“He can’t rely solely on Western Canada or Ontario support.” It’s a national election, so he’ll have to go where the votes are, even if they’re in a small province like New Brunswick.
“I’m sure he’ll make it down.”
Poilievre quickly allied himself with new New Brunswick MP Jake Stewart, naming him his campaign chair in the province.
According to Wright, people shouldn’t be surprised if other hopefuls on the East Coast follow suit.
He explained, “They want to be a big tent party, but they can’t be a small tent party.”
“They can’t just be Western Canadian social conservatism based on grievances.” They need to expand their horizons to become a conservative party for all conservatives. “That’s why people like Pierre Poilievre will travel to small towns like New Brunswick,” Wright explained.
Candidates for CPC leadership have until April 19 to enter the race and until June 3 to sell memberships.
On September 10, the party will elect a new leader.
Source: Global News
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