Pierre Poilievre has won the Conservative leadership election.

Pierre Poilievre has won the Conservative leadership election.

Pierre Poilievre has won the Conservative leadership election.
On Saturday, September 10, 2022, Anaida Poilievre, wife of Conservative Party leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre, strokes his chin as they listen to remarks during the Conservative Party of Canada leadership voting in Ottawa.

Members of the federal Conservative Party elected Pierre Poilievre as their leader. This prepares the Ottawa MP (MP) to launch an attack on the Liberal administration when the House of Commons reconvenes later this month.

Pierre Poilievre's win was revealed Saturday night in downtown Ottawa at a meeting of hundreds of party members that took place in the shadow of Queen Elizabeth's death and featured a tribute to the monarch.

Poilievre received 68.15 percent of the vote on the first ballot, beating over former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, Ontario MPs Scott Aitchison and Leslyn Lewis, and Roman Baber, a former Progressive Conservative member of the Ontario Parliament.

He is the third leader of the Conservative Party, following Andrew Scheer and Erin O'Toole, since Stephen Harper's Conservatives were defeated by Justin Trudeau's Liberals in 2015. Scheer headed the party for three years, from 2017 to 2020, and O'Toole for a year and a half.

Conservatives were spoilt with choice during the campaign, notably between Poilievre and Charest. Poilievre ran a brazen campaign, vowing to make Canadians the "freest people in the world," firing the governor of the Bank of Canada to manage inflation, cutting money for the CBC, and endorsing cryptocurrencies, among other things.

He also criticized so-called "gatekeepers," such as politicians, bureaucrats, and government organizations, for restricting Canadians' potential. He vowed at the conclusion of the campaign that if elected Prime Minister, he would establish a "clear language law" requiring the government to provide facts in simple English.

Poilievre came out in his eighth term as an MP, saying that "governments have gotten huge and opinionated" and that COVID -19 was a "political opportunity" for the Liberal government to target small companies, truckers, and other Canadians.

"Trudeau believes he is your boss. He's got it backwards. You are in charge, "According to Mr. Poilievre's comments. "That is why I am running for Prime Minister: to return control of your life to you." "Our aim is a Canada where the government is a servant, not a master," he continued.

He, like his opponent Lewis, rejected to participate in a third-party-organized discussion, claiming that it was superfluous and that he would rather spend the time talking to members.

Among the issues Poilievre has is reconciling the party after a contentious leadership election in February, which became necessary after O'Toole was voted out as party leader.

Poilievre spent months attacking Charest's conservative credentials, despite the fact that he was the Liberal premier of Quebec a decade earlier. He also took on a strong Patrick Brown campaign until the party disqualified the Brampton mayor for suspected campaign funding violations.

Charest claimed his considerable political experience – he was a cabinet member in Brian Mulroney's and Kim Campbell's Progressive Conservative governments – and appealed to a broad variety of Conservatives.

During the campaign, Harper backed Poilievre, the former prime minister's first endorsement in a party leadership competition since the fall of his government in 2015.

Poilievre, 43, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004. He served as Minister of Democratic Reform and Minister of Employment and Social Development in Harper's Cabinet.

More recently, the MP for Carleton has been the Conservatives' financial critic, putting pressure on the Liberal administration on inflation - an issue that was also crucial to his candidacy for the party presidency.

Poilievre's campaign was marked by large crowd rallies across Canada, and his team announced at the halfway point that it had gained approximately 311,000 members - a figure that came as the party announced that total membership had increased to 678,702 from approximately 160,000 at the start of the race.

For the contest, 417,987 ballots were received and processed. The election was held on a single preferential vote on which party members rated their selections, as well as a point system that assigned equal weight to precincts. The party had received 437,854 ballots before the election deadline on Tuesday, but roughly 3% were rejected due to issues such as missing ID.

The Liberals have 158 of the House of Commons' 337 seats, the Conservatives 119, the Bloc Québécois 32, and the NDP 25. The Green Party of Canada holds two seats, while one is held by an independent.

The Liberals and New Democrats have agreed to back the minority Liberal administration in Parliament in exchange for the fulfillment of NDP policies. The agreement will be in effect until the end of 2025.

Parliament will resume on September 19 following the summer holiday.

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