Local MP weighs in on Conservative leadership race

By Jill Sperling
April 9, 2016 - 9:02am

KAMLOOPS — Two Conservative MPs have officially thrown their hats in the ring for the Conservative leadership race. 

Quebec MP Maxime Bernier and Ontario MP Kellie Leitch each hope to be the next leader of the federal Conservatives. 

Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod is optimistic about the candidates. 

"They bring a lot of diversity in terms of what they both offer," McLeod said.

"I think that's going to be an important part of what happens over the next year, a real discussion in terms of what we're doing and where we're going."

McLeod said she thinks the lengthy campaign, which wraps up with an election in May of 2017, will be beneficial to candidates. 

"In the election campaign that we just had, which was longer than normal, what we found is you were able to talk to more people, get into more communities," she said. 

"Of course it's a vast country and so the candidates are going to have a real opportunity to sell their vision across the country."

McLeod said she'll likely put her support fully behind one candidate after the Conservative Party Convention next month.

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