Erin O’Toole and Peter MacKay are preparing to enter the race to replace Andrew Scheer

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Erin O’Toole and Peter MacKay are preparing to enter the race to replace Andrew Scheer


OTTAWA—Former Conservative cabinet ministers Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole are both putting together teams as they prepare to enter the race to replace Andrew Scheer.

Conservative sources speaking on background confirmed that camps for both MacKay and O’Toole have been making calls to Conservative activists Friday, a day after Scheer announced he would step aside before a mandatory vote on his continued leadership

“Both camps are mobilizing by the sounds of it … the foundation is being laid,” said one Conservative source, who spoke on the condition they not be named.

“Everyone is just trying to figure out who is in this race and who isn’t, what does this look like.”

MacKay, the last leader of Canada’s Progressive Conservative party before it merged with the Canadian Alliance, did not immediately respond to a request for an interview. Neither did O’Toole, a lawyer and veteran who came third in the 2017 Conservative leadership race, and who has served as Scheer’s foreign affairs critic.

More to come.

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