Chris Alexander Although he keeps showing up to events sponsored by The Rebel, Alexander is actually one of the Redder Tories on this list. And as a former diplomat, his policy profile is heavy on foreign affairs: Fighting terrorism, deterring Russian aggression and ending communism in Cuba.
Maxime Bernier The most libertarian candidate on the roster, Bernier is for any and all Canadians who wish to be drunk on the rich bounties of liberty and freedom. He’s the one dairy farmers hate and stoners love.
Steven Blaney Blaney is probably best known for a promise to ban niqabs at polling stations and on public servants. Since the race began he’s vowed to cut immigration and abolish native reserves. If you’re looking for a more high- energy version of Kellie Leitch who can also speak French, he’s your man.
Michael Chong The only candidate promising to keep the carbon tax ( albeit after some revenue- neutral tweaks), Chong is standing for what he calls the Conservative Party of the Future: Essentially, a Liberal government with less spending, more transparency and fewer hugs.
Pierre Lemieux One of two candidates holding aloft the social- conservative banner, Lemieux is an engineer and former member of the Canadian Armed Forces. His French is also surprisingly broken for a guy with the Frenchest name imaginable.
Deepak Obhrai The longest- serving Conservative MP in the House of Commons, Obhrai has still never managed to served in cabinet, and his website appears to be designed by elementary schoolers. As the only non- white candidate, however, most of Obhrai’s press attention has been when he urges colleagues not to alienate brown people.
Kellie Leitch Canada’s Trump, although without the unmistakable je- ne- sais- quoi of the original — which is probably to be expected when attempting a carefully planned imitation of a man who says whatever pops into his head. Leitch is for you if you think everyone’s too elite and there’s something up with all the immigrants.
Kevin O’Leary A millionaire, reality- show star and political rookie attempting a rogue takeover of a country’s conservative party. However, O’Leary insists that’s where the comparisons to Donald Trump end. His campaign thus far has focused on how Justin Trudeau is bad, Kevin O’Leary is good and his opponents are unelectable dinosaurs.
Erin O’Toole The “please, everyone, stop fighting” candidate, O’Toole is ironically one of two military veterans in the race. His website is filled with detailed, intricately researched position- papers which, as we know, is the best strategy to get elected to political leadership these days.
Rick Peterson One of two businessmen with no prior electoral experience who is now running for the Tories. From Vancouver, Peterson describes himself as a traditional Red Tory, albeit one with an unusually busy tax- reform agenda — namely, eliminating corporate income taxes, instituting a flat tax and making up the revenue shortfall with more GST.
Lisa Raitt One of those rare MPs that everybody seems to like. Raitt’s goal seems to be to run a version of the Harper Government less inclined to piss people off. Her big controversial policy plank is cutting spending and lowering taxes.
Andrew Saxton Saxton, a former North Vancouver MP, is probably the most generic- brand leadership candidate. Not a lot of differentiating characteristics, specific plans or headline- worthy positions. He’s really only here because we have to pretend he has a chance of winning.
Andrew Scheer The most widely endorsed candidate to date, Scheer was speaker of the House of Commons between 2011 and 2015. He’s probably the most Harper- esque of the candidates: A dweebish bookworm trying to keep everyone just happy enough to build an electable coalition.
Brad Trost Running with the slogan “100% Conservative,” Trost is cut in the style of one of those old- fashioned Reform Partiers Harper was so good at shushing: No abortion, no gay marriage, no marijuana and hey … who says we can’t lock up Alberta premier Rachel Notley?