Conservative endorsement tracker: Scheer, O'Toole lead among MPs
Conservative leadership candidates (clockwise from upper left) Michael Chong, Maxime Bernier, Kellie Leitch, Erin O'Toole, Lisa Raitt and Andrew Scheer. (Parliament of Canada)
More than a dozen people are running to be the next Conservative leader but so far only two are receiving the bulk of endorsements from MPs.
Andrew Scheer, MP for Regina-Qu’Appelle and the former speaker of the House, has at least 23 of his 96 fellow MPs lined up behind him ahead of the May 27 vote.
Erin O’Toole, a former veterans affairs minister who represents Durham in Ontario, is not far behind with the backing of at least 15 fellow MPs.
Maxime Bernier, Michael Chong, Kellie Leitch and Lisa Raitt also have a handful of endorsements.
Here’s a look at the endorsements so far:
Dan Albas (Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola) * Alupa Clarke (Beauport--Limoilou) * Tony Clement (Parry Sound—Muskoka) Jacques Gourde (Lotbinière—Chutes-de-la-Chaudière) * Tom Kmiec (Calgary Shepard) * Alex Nuttall (Barrie – Springwater — Oro-Medonte)
Peter Kent (Thornhill) * David Tilson (Dufferin-Caledon)
Ben Lobb (Huron—Bruce) * Peter Van Loan (York—Simcoe) * David Yurdiga (Fort McMurray-Cold Lake)
James Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman) * John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil) * Colin Carrie (Oshawa) * Michael Cooper (St. Albert—Edmonton) * Todd Doherty (Cariboo—Prince George)* Ed Fast (Abbotsford) * Randy Hoback (Prince Albert) * Ron Liepert (Calgary Signal Hill) * Larry Maguire (Brandon—Souris) * Cathy McLeod (Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo) * Blake Richards (Dauphin--Swan River--Neepawa) * Jamie Schmale (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock) * Robert Sopuck (Dauphin--Swan River--Neepawa) * Karen Vecchio (Elgin — Middlesex — London) * Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon—Grasswood)
Dean Allison (Niagara West * Phil McColeman (Brantford--Brant) * Bruce Stanton (Simcoe North)
Scott Reid (Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston) * Marilyn Gladu (Sarnia-Lambton) * Gerry Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster) * Shannon Stubbs (Lakeland) * Mark Strahl (Chilliwack—Hope) * John Barlow (Foothills) * Kelly Block (Carlton Trail — Eagle Creek) * Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan) * Matt Jeneroux (Edmonton Riverbend) * Cathay Wagantall (Yorkton—Melville) * Ziad Aboultaif (Edmonton Manning) * Ted Falk (Provencher) * Mark Warawa (Langley—Aldergrove) * Kevin Sorenson (Battle River — Crowfoot) * Tom Lukiwski (Moose Jaw—Lake Centre—Lanigan) * Bob Zimmer (Prince George—Peace River—Northern Rockies) * Arnold Viersen (Peace River—Westlock) * Jim Eglinski (Yellowhead) * Kelly McCauley (Edmonton West) * Alain Rayes (Richmond — Arthabaska) * Pierre Paul-Hus (Charlesbourg — Haute-Saint-Charles) * Sylvie Boucher (Beauport — Côte-de-Beaupré — Île d'Orléans — Charlevoix) * Luc Berthold (Mégantic — L'Érable)