Conservative leadership candidates Peter MacKay and Erin O'Toole wasted little time Thursday leaping back into full campaign mode after new fundraising numbers highlighted their potential neck-and-neck status as the contest got back underway.
Ontario Conservative MP Derek Sloan held to his leadership campaign slogan of being "Conservative without apology" and refused Wednesday to heed the demands of his fellow MPs to apologize for remarks questioning the loyalty of the country's chief public health officer.
While the Conservative Party leadership campaign is paused, front-runners Peter MacKay and Erin O'Toole appear to have found a new shared focus: criticizing the Chinese government's handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Ease into the pitch slowly, get the cheques in the mail, plan to keep making new plans and above all else -- don't get complacent. That's the advice the Nova Scotia wing of Peter MacKay's Conservative leadership campaign circulated last weekend.
While his competitors call for the Conservative leadership race to be delayed amid the COVID-19 outbreak, leadership hopeful Peter MacKay has come under fire for pushing for the timeline to be sped up.