Email to: Dan Nowlan, Co-Chair, LEOC
Lisa Raitt, Co-Chair, LEOC
Derek Vanstone, CRO
March 24, 2020
Dear Dan, Lisa, and Derek:
We are writing today to express our dismay at the inadequate response of the CPC Leadership Election Organizing Committee to the individual petitions of leadership candidates, who are requesting that the timeline for the Leadership race be delayed as Canadians deal with the outbreak of pandemic Covid-19.
The LEOC’s lack of an acceptable response to individual candidates has therefore necessitated this unified request.
Candidates Marilyn Gladu, Rudy Husny, and Derek Sloan agree with this statement, and together are calling upon the CPC to delay the leadership race.
We feel strongly that the political and national security environment has shifted so radically since the launch of the campaign that the original dates and requirements are not only unachievable, but inappropriate and inconsiderate of Canadians who are faced with family health concerns and economic uncertainty.
While dealing with current family and financial considerations are the highest priority for Canadians at present, we as Conservative leadership candidates, together with our campaign teams and supporters are equally concerned that the eventual leader of our party be accurately perceived as their true, legitimate and democratically elected choice. The leader selected to run against Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party will require the faith and goodwill of millions of Conservative Party members, a scenario not supported by the current situation.
Therefore, we calling upon the CPC Leadership committee to:
- Delay the Conservative leadership contest;
- Consider combining the autumn policy convention with the Leadership announcement if it is possible to do so at that time;
- Adjust the membership deadline to the required 60 days in advance of the new leadership date.
- Cut “fees” in half in light of the restraints this pandemic has had on fundraising; this includes refunding the difference to the campaigns that have already paid the full amount.
For more information contact
Rita Smith 647 242 5505