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Conservative Party chooses new leader

Poilievre with Andrew Scheer in 2018.

Pierre Poilievre has been elected as the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Poilievre has served as a member of Parliament since 2004. Prior to that, he was an advisor to Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day.

During the leadership campaign, he proposed to implement a law that would require the government to offset any new spending with a cut elsewhere. He has a critic of the Bank of Canada and vows to fire the governor, Tiff Macklem if elected. He also proposes repealing the carbon tax and defunding the CBC.

During the so-called freedom convoy earlier this year, Poilievre announced his support of the occupation. He did denounce those promoting extremism.

Poilievre is married to Anaida Galindo, a Senate aide. They have two children.

Candice Bergen was serving as interim leader for seven months.


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