Conservative leadership candidates jointly call for delayed vote


Three contenders for the federal Conservative leadership are calling for the race to be delayed and for fees to be cut in half due to the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marilyn Gladu, Rudy Husny and Derek Sloan have written a joint letter to the Conservative party's leadership election organizing committee.

They are dismayed their previous, individual requests for a delay have so far been ignored.

They say a lack of an acceptable response to individual candidates has necessitated a unified request.

They also argue the eventual leader of the party must be perceived as a legitimate and democratically selected choice and must inspire the faith and goodwill of party members.

They say that is not now supported by the current situation.

Today is the deadline for contenders to enter the race, complete with the required 300 thousand-dollar fee and three thousand signatures.

The vote is currently scheduled for June 27 in Toronto.

Sloan, Toronto lawyer Leslyn Lewis, Conservative M-P Erin O'Toole and former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay have already met the requirements.