(March 15, 2020, 10:45am) “I am disappointed in the apparent decision of the Conservative Party of Canada’s Leadership Election Organization Committee (LEOC) with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic, and their refusal to amend the 2020 leadership election schedule to address the new reality of the pandemic: that the kind of public gatherings needed to obtain signatures and funding are all cancelled until the end of March at the earliest.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has made important recommendations regarding social distancing as our nation works to reduce exposure to the virus in order to control infection. The LEOC is wrong to ignore the impact of these. Canadians are appropriately focused now on the health and safety of their families and communities; there will be more than sufficient time to engage them in an effective Leadership campaign when the immediate threat of pandemic Covid-19 has been eliminated.
As even schools and long term care facilities are suspended until April, I again call on the party to show that they are not without social compassion and to extend the requirements to be on the ballot, to make leadership debates live stream only and to continue to monitor and adjust as Covid-19 management continues.
Today I suggest all members of the Conservative Party of Canada contact members of the LEOC to encourage them to amend the Leadership campaign schedule in light of this current reality.
Please visit the CPC website here; type ‘Other’ in the Issue Area, and send a message in the Message Area telling the LEOC they should amend the Leadership Schedule. “
LEOC members are:
The Honourable Lisa Raitt/Ontario
David Connelly/Northwest Territories
Tanya Corbet/British Columbia/
Hon. Diane Finley, MP/Ontario
Senator Linda Frum/Ontario
Scott Lamb/British Columbia
Judy Manning/Newfoundland and Labrador
Senator Don Plett/Manitoba
Kevin Price/New Brunswick
For information contact
Rita Smith 647 242 5505