Saskatoon to host 1st Conservative leadership debate

Candidates vying to lead Canada’s Official Opposition will come together in Saskatoon for their first debate in November.

The candidates will meet in the Bridge City Nov. 9

Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer is one of the candidates who have declared they're running for leadership of the federal Conservative Party. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Candidates vying to lead Canada's Official Opposition will come together in Saskatoon for their first debate in November.

The Conservative Party's first leadership debate will be held Nov. 9 at the Delta Bessborough.

Former CBC news anchor Kaveri Braid, who is currently with Earnscliffe Strategy Group, will moderate the debate.

Along with being a former reporter, Braid has been a media advisor to the Saskatchewan government's executive council at its Saskatoon cabinet office and is currently working with Saskatoon's incumbent mayor Don Atchison on his campaign for the Oct. 26 election.

The debate will be held at 7 p.m. CST. Tickets go on sale on Oct. 6.

It will also be livestreamed on the party's website

The contenders, so far

Candidate who has declared, registered and paid the full fee

  • Michael Chong

Candidates who have declared and registered

  • Maxime Bernier
  • Tony Clement
  • Kellie Leitch
  • Deepak Obhrai
  • Andrew Scheer

Potential candidates who have declared only

  • Dan Lindsay
  • Pierre Lemieux
  • Adrienne Snow
  • Brad Trost

Expected to declare soon

  • Chris Alexander
  • Steven Blaney

Others who have mused about running but not declared

  • Kevin O'Leary
  • Erin O'Toole
  • Rick Peterson
  • Lisa Raitt

With files from CBC's Janyce McGregor