Jean Charest, a “proud Conservative for 30 years”, the “will remain”

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Jean Charest, a “ proud curator for 30 years”, the “ will remain”

Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Jean Charest during his time at the Calgary Stampede in July. Mr. Charest refused to say if he would remain in the Conservative Party if he was not elected leader, amid rumors of the formation of a new “Liberal-Conservative” party in Canada.

< p class="e-p">Jean Charest says he has been a “proud Conservative for 30 years” and “will remain so” as the whispers of a center-right coalition grow louder.

I am in the leadership race to unite the Conservatives and beat [Justin] Trudeau in the next election, he continues in his message on Twitter, commenting on and relaying the article by The Press Canadian, which earlier indicated that Jean Charest's team refused to clarify whether the former premier of Quebec will remain a member of the Conservative Party of Canada if he loses the leadership race.

Mr. Charest has been a long-time Conservative Party member. He is fully invested in the current leadership race which he intends to win on September 10, his press secretary, Laurence Tôth, had limited himself to answering on Wednesday, despite repeated requests from The Press Canadianaimed at clarifying whether he will remain a conservative no matter what. Mr. Charest also declined a request for an interview on the future of the Conservative movement.

In a book that has just been published, commentator Tasha Kheiriddin, who is co-chair of Mr. Charest's campaign, evokes the possibility of the creation of a conservative liberal party, if the plan to unite the political party fails. In a recent interview with Radio-Canada, however, she insisted on not promoting this idea.

Conservative strategists consulted by La Press Canadian believe that these messages sent by Camp Charest cause confusion among members.

Marc-André Leclerc, who served as an adviser to former Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, said Kheiriddin's remarks are a bit odd, given that the vote hasn't taken place yet. You're already talking about forming a new political party when that one [the race] isn't over yet, he said.

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According to Conservative strategist Rodolphe Husny, a former adviser to Stephen Harper's government, Kheiriddin needs to clarify whether this is her own thinking as an author, or whether she also speaks as co-chair of Mr. Charest's campaign.

According to Mr. Husny, the presence of two narrative frames in opposition, either on the one hand we think that we have a chance of winning, and on the other there is perhaps a plan &quot ;B" with a coalition, creates confusion and engenders doubts about the true chances of success.

However, he believes it is completely normal for Jean Charest and the other candidates to affirm that victory is possible, and that the most important moment is playing out right now as they have to motivate their troops to get the vote out, an operation that has been going on for even more than a month.

Conservative members are invited to fill out a preferential ballot where they indicate their choices in order of preference. In addition to Jean Charest, the candidates are Pierre Poilievre, Leslyn Lewis, Scott Aitchison and Roman Baber.

The ballot must be returned by mail. The results are to be announced in Ottawa on September 10.

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