Canada Conservatives suspend party's leadership race in face of COVID-19 crisis

05:25  27 march  2020
05:25  27 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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OTTAWA — The Conservative party is gearing up for the next phase of its leadership race , a contest taking place in unprecedented times. Three others who had been trying to get into the race , however, found their efforts hamstrung by the emergence of the COVID - 19 pandemic in Canada.

OTTAWA—The federal Conservative party is facing considerable pressure to postpone its planned leadership race as Canada and the world continues to grapple with the COVID - 19 pandemic. On Sunday, one of the race ’ s two front runners, Durham MP Erin O’Toole, called on the party to delay

  Conservatives suspend party's leadership race in face of COVID-19 crisis © Provided by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The Conservative party is suspending its leadership race in the face of the ongoing crisis caused by COVID-19.

The party says it's no longer possible to meet the deadlines to process memberships and donations, and handle the ballots for the scheduled June 27 election.

No new date has been set. The party says it will re-evaluate the decision on May 1.

Pressure had been mounting for days on the organizers to hit pause on the contest.

Demands the race be delayed came from two candidates on the ballot — Erin O'Toole and Derek Sloan — as well as dozens of high-profile Conservatives and grassroots members.

Candidate Peter MacKay had instead pushed hard for the deadline to be moved up, while Leslyn Lewis, the fourth candidate on the ballot, has argued the deadlines as set should be respected.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 26, 2020.

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