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Conservative leadership candidates spar in debate

A two-hour debate pit Conservative leadership hopefuls against each other to convince the party that one of them is a prime-minister-in-waiting.
Candidates, left to right, Leslyn Lewis, Roman Baber, Jean Charest, Scott Aitchison, Patrick Brown and Pierre Poilievre pose following the Conservative Party's leadership debate in Edmonton on Wednesday. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Last night, six Conservative leadership hopefuls squared off in the first official debate of the race. Conservative MPs Pierre Poilievre, Leslyn Lewis and Scott Aitchison; former Quebec premier Jean Charest; Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown; and Ontario MPP Roman Baber shared the stage – and while they're all supposed to be playing for the same team, things still got a bit scrappy. Power and Politics host Vassy Kapelos was in Edmonton for the event and she joins Jayme Poisson to recap the night.

 

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