Leona Alleslev poised to announce Conservative Party of Canada leadership bid


Published April 5, 2022 at 7:26 pm

Former Conservative deputy leader Leona Alleslev is set to formally announce her candidacy to be the party’s next leader tomorrow. 

A source close to her campaign, speaking on the condition of anonymity, says she is expected to do so in Ottawa on Wednesday (April 6). 

Alleslev has all but formally made the announcement, having set up a campaign website to collect signatures needed for her nomination. 

She also posted on social media about hosting a meet-and-greet in Ottawa Wednesday, along with the tag line “All in with Alleslev.” 

Alleslev will be the 10th person to join a leadership contest. Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, a former MP and former Ontario PC Party leader, is also running.

Alleslev, 54, was first elected as an Liberal MP from or Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill, who crossed the floor to join the Conservatives in 2018. 

She was appointed to serve as deputy leader of the party by former leader Andrew Scheer before she stepped down from that role to help former federal Progressive Conservative leader Peter MacKay in the 2020 leadership race. 

Alleslev ran for re-election in last year’s federal campaign and lost her seat. 

— Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press

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