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“We do need to re-evaluate and adapt to the shifting Canadian political landscape but this does not mean throwing out the good with the bad. We must be the political organization that represents those basic tenets that define conservativism,” Clement said during an election post-mortem at the Manning Conference in February.
“It’s time we listened to our party members and grassroots, many of whom have more election experience and plain common sense than the central campaign demonstrated,” he said, noting social media should be at the forefront of the 2019 election campaign.
Clement has a large presence on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, where he shares videos and pictures with his thousands of followers, often profiling his personal life and his fondness for rock music.
Maxime Bernier, Michael Chong and Kellie Leitch launched their campaigns earlier this year after the Tory leadership process formally began. Milton MP Lisa Raitt is another possible contender. Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose has vowed not to run despite being the subject of a “Draft Rona” campaign by some committed supporters.
He took a dig at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau while at the barbershop Tuesday, referring to a Conservative attack ad launched last summer that branded the then Liberal leader as inept but physically attractive.
Haircut underway. I LOL’ed when my barber remarked, “nice hair tho!” @justintrudea ‘s deficit budget can use a major haircut. #canpoli
Clement said he would outline his vision for the party during his campaign launch event in Mississauga, Ont., but he has already said the party needs to have more coherent environmental policies in the wake of the Paris climate change accord. He has also signalled he would scrap subsidies for CBC/Radio-Canada.
Bernier has sought to brand himself as the libertarian candidate by taking provocative policy positions: vowing to scrap Canada’s telecom regulator, dismantle supply management and end “corporate welfare” subsidies to private businesses.
The other candidates have yet to release any formal policy planks.
He later worked as a staffer to former Ontario premier Mike Harris where he helped to draft the so-called Common Sense Revolution, a series of policies pitched as a way to shrink the size of the provincial government and lower taxes after Bob Rae’s time as NDP premier.
He ran for leadership of the Ontario PCs but was ultimately bested by Ernie Eves.