A debate brings together three of the candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada

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A debate brings together three of the candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada

Scott Aitchison, Jean Charest and Roman Baber participated in an online debate led from West Vancouver by John Weston (bottom right).

Three of the Conservative Party of Canada's aspiring leaders took part in an online political debate led in West Vancouver by former MP John Weston.

Jean Charest, Scott Aitchison and Roman Baber calmly tackled a series of hot topics on Sunday, including the economy, interprovincial relations, the health care system and the environment.

Two other leadership candidates, Pierre Poilievre and Leslyn Lewis, did not take part in the discussion.

If we do not have a credible environmental policy in the next campaign, we will not be elected, declared Jean Charest, who supports in particular small modular reactors and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. .

For their part, Roman Baber wants more trees to be planted and Scott Aitchison denounces the carbon tax imposed on consumers.

Candidates pointed to failings in the health care system and that Ottawa's relationship with the provinces needs to be re-examined. We need more competition, said Mr. Charest.

The economy was discussed. We need to reduce the tax burden on families and stop borrowing to stimulate the economy, said Scott Aitchison.

“The government must leave us alone”, explained Roman Baber.

Each highlighted the fact that he loves his country and that he is the most likely to win the next election if he were to be appointed leader of the Conservative Party of Canada at the announcement of the official results on September 10 in Ottawa.

According to John Weston, this kind of meeting in which the public participates is rare in this race to choose the leader of the Conservative Party. The former Premier of Quebec, Jean Charest, has also asked the Conservative authorities to hold a third official debate.

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