Names in the mix: a list of potential Conservative leadership contenders

OTTAWA — The Conservative leadership race will begin Jan. 13, with the party now having set the entry rules.

Here is a list of people, in alphabetical order, who are considering making a run.

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— Rona Ambrose: former interim leader of the Conservative Party and MP from an Edmonton-area riding.

— Bryan Brulotte: businessman and one-time Progressive Conservative candidate from Chelsea, Que.

— Jean Charest: former Liberal premier of Quebec, Progressive Conservative party leader and federal cabinet minister.

— Michael Chong: former Conservative cabinet minister, current MP for Ontario riding of Wellington-Halton Hills. Ran in the 2017 race.

— Gerard Deltell: current Conservative MP for the Quebec riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent and former provincial MNA.

— Richard Decarie: political aide under former Conservative leader Stephen Harper while in opposition, helped run Harper's Quebec operations.

— Michael Fortier: former Conservative senator from Quebec who also served as a cabinet minister in the Conservative government.

— Michelle Rempel Garner: current Conservative MP for the riding of Calgary Nose Hill.

— Marilyn Gladu: current Conservative MP for Ontario riding of Sarnia-Lambton.

— Vincent Guzzo: movie theatre mogul from Quebec who also stars in the reality TV program Dragons' Den.

— Rudy Husny: longtime Quebec political operative for the Conservative party.

— Peter MacKay: former Conservative cabinet minister and longtime MP from Nova Scotia, who currently lives in Toronto.

— Erin O'Toole: former Conservative cabinet minister and current MP from the Toronto-area riding of Durham. Ran in the 2017 race.

— Pierre Poilievre: former Conservative cabinet minister and current MP from the Ottawa-area riding of Carleton.

— Aron Seal: former director of policy for two Conservative cabinet ministers.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Jan. 11, 2020.

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