- Progressive Conservative leadership convention, 2003
Canadian politics/leadership race
party = Progressive Conservative
year = 2003
May 31, 2003
numcands = 5
entryfee = C$
The 2003 Progressive Conservative leadership convention was held on
May 31, 2003to elect a leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. Peter MacKaywas elected as leader to replace former Prime Minister Joe Clarkwho had retired as party leader. In the end, five candidates emerged as challengers for the leadership by the convention date. Two other candidates had participated in the race but both resigned as contestants before the vote. Quebec Member of Parliament (MP) André Bachand withdrew his candidacy from the race due to financial concerns and backed Peter MacKay. Former Cabinet Minister and Quebec MP Heward Grafftey also withdrew his candidacy from the race due to health concerns and backed David Orchard.
The results of the race produced immediate controversy when it emerged that winner Mackay had signed an agreement with David Orchard in order to get elected. This deal promised the party would review the
Canadian-American Free Trade Agreement, and that it would not cooperate or merge with the Canadian Alliance. This controversy continued when MacKay ignored the agreement, and signed an agreement to merge his party with the Canadian Alliance to form the new Conservative Party of Canada. The merger was approved by party members in December 2003.
Peter MacKay- Member of Parliament (winner 64.4% on final ballot)
Jim Prentice- Calgarylawyer (35.6% on final ballot)
David Orchard- Saskatchewanfarmer
Scott Brison- Member of Parliament
Craig Chandler- Executive Director of Progressive Group for Independent Business
*André Bachand - Member of Parliament - backed MacKay
Heward Grafftey- former Science and Social Programs Minister - informally backed Orchard
* MACKAY, Peter Gordon 1,080 (41.08%)
* ORCHARD, David 640 (24.34%)
* PRENTICE, Jim 478 (18.18%)
* BRISON, Scott 431 (16.39%)
* CHANDLER, Craig (Chandler successfully removed from first ballot after dropping out)Total ballots cast 2,629.
Chandler withdrew before voting began to endorse Prentice. Estimates suggest that Chandler had six committed delegates from Calgary ridings who voted in favour of Prentice.
* MACKAY, Peter Gordon 1,018 (39.67%)
* ORCHARD, David 619 (24.12%)
* PRENTICE, Jim 466 (18.16%)
* BRISON, Scott 463 (18.04%)Total ballots cast 2,566.
Brison dropped off and supported Prentice. Brison was the only candidate to gain votes on this ballot compared to his first ballot result; all of the other candidates lost votes.
* MACKAY, Peter Gordon 1,128 (45.01%)
* PRENTICE, Jim 761 (30.37%)
* ORCHARD, David 617 (24.62%)Total ballots cast 2,506.
Orchard threw his support to MacKay after the two men signed an agreement committing MacKay to not merge the PCs with the
Canadian Alliance, and to hold a review of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.
* MACKAY, Peter Gordon 1,538 (64.79%)
* PRENTICE, Jim 836 (35.21%)Total ballots cast 2,374.
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