Politics

Maxime Bernier enters the race to lead Tories into the next election

Quebec MP Maxime Bernier has formally launched his bid to lead the federal Conservative party. He's the second official candidate in the race after Ontario MP Kellie Leitch submitted her application Wednesday.

Conservatives do not vote for their new leader until May 2017

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Maxime Bernier files his papers and becomes the second person to join the Federal Conservative leadership race 1:26

Quebec MP Maxime Bernier has formally launched his bid to lead the federal Conservative party.

He's the second official candidate in the race after Ontario MP Kellie Leitch submitted her application Wednesday.

Bernier may end up with the distinction of being the lone contender from Quebec, the only province where the Tories actually increased their seat count in the last election.

He was drawn into federal politics in 2006 in an effort by the Tories to reverse their failure to win any seats at all Quebec in 2004.

Bernier captured his riding of Beauce with 67 per cent of the vote that year and has easily won re-election every time since.

Conservatives will vote for a new leader on May 27, 2017.

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Quebec MP Maxime Bernier discusses his bid to become leader of the Conservative Party 9:51

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