Some Conservatives are predicting it will turn out to be the largest number of Canadians ever to join a political party at any one time in Canadian history.
Multiple Conservative Party of Canada sources say that, since the current contest to choose a new party leader began, more than 400,000 people have either joined the party, have renewed their memberships, or are existing members, giving them the right to vote in the leadership race.
“There is unprecedented interest in joining the Conservative Party of Canada,” party president Rob Batherson told CBC News.
“I think that people are really motivated right now in this post-pandemic timeframe. They’re interested in getting engaged in politics and in changing things in Canada,” said veteran Conservative strategist Melanie Paradis.
Batherson wouldn’t confirm the 400,000 figure or disclose the current number of party memberships. The deadline for signing up new members to vote in the leadership race is today. Memberships can be purchased online until 11:59 pm ET, while all other new memberships have to be received at Conservative Party Headquarters by 5:00 pm ET.
Batherson said he doesn’t expect the final tally to be confirmed until many days from now.
“There’s a process to challenge names on the list,” he said. “So it’s why we don’t disclose numbers until well after the deadline, because we want to make sure we get accurate information out into the public domain.”
When Justin Trudeau won the Liberal leadership in 2013, the party had 127,000 registered members.
‘There’s quite a backlog’
In 2020, the CPC set a record for new and existing memberships in a leadership race — 269,469 in total. Party insiders say this year’s race is expected to significantly surpass that number.
Batherson said he expects the final tally will grow a lot in the last few days before Friday’s cutoff because the campaign teams themselves often submit large numbers of new memberships.
“Sometimes campaigns hold back and so we have to be prepared for a significant influx before June 3,” he said.
Batherson said the party has had to extend its processing hours into nights and weekends to accommodate all the new memberships.
Paradis said the party is falling behind on membership processing. “As a result, there’s quite a backlog,” she said. “I understand that it’s now a one month long delay, which is significant.”
Batherson insisted the party will do everything it must to ensure that a new leader is announced on September 10.
With the clock ticking down to the deadline, all six candidates have been scrambling to sign up supporters through social media and in person.
Addressing a huge crowd in Saskatoon Tuesday night, candidate Pierre Poilievre encouraged his supporters to get their neighbours, friends and family members to sign up.
Candidate Leslyn Lewis was in St John’s on Wednesday night. She told CBC News she continues to see new faces in her travels across the country.
“Different issues are emerging where people are gravitating toward those individuals who have the courage to talk about those issues,” she said, citing her opposition to vaccine mandates, among other things.
“Those issues are important to people and we’re seeing that people from different parties are gravitating to candidates that will discuss them.”
Patrick Brown took his message to Montreal on Wednesday night to a dinner organized by the Muslim community. It was just one of about 20 membership sales events Brown conducts on a daily basis.
“So help me change the political debate in our country,” Brown told the dozens of supporters gathered to hear him speak.
On Friday Brown’s campaign sent out a note to supporters claiming his campaign is on the “cusp of victory” after having sold 150,000 memberships.
Jean Charest spent much of his week on social media and personally working the phones.
“We have sold memberships in every single riding across Canada,” Charest campaign spokesperson Lawrence Toth told CBC News in an email.
“Vote efficiency is key. We have focused on signing up new and lapsed members in every riding, across all regions.
“We are extremely happy with our sales, we have re-engaged and signed up thousands of new members and thousands of people who have not been involved since the Harper government years.
“Particularly, we are excited to see engagement from Quebec and Atlantic Canada.”
Scott Aitchison’s campaign manager Jamie Ellerton said his team has been working the phones and executing digital operations for their final membership push.
Campaigns will try to ‘psych each other out’ — Paradis
Roman Baber has used social media almost on a daily basis to reach out to supporters.
None of the campaigns would tell CBC News how many new supporters they’ve signed up. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t looking over their shoulders.
“The teams are always inflating what they’ve sold to try to psych each other out,” Paradis said. “That’s just part of the psychology of this race … you want to motivate your volunteers to keep going and pushing towards the … final hour and de-motivate the other team.”
The next phase of the race starts today. The six candidates and their teams now shift to persuasion mode, hoping to convince those hundreds of thousands of members to vote for them.
“Frankly, we haven’t really seen what’s been going on because they’ve been solely focused on just selling memberships on the ground to people,” Paradis said.
“Now we’ll start to see probably more [of] what people would think of as a traditional campaign.”
Canada Day Ottawa: Ottawa police prepare for festivities, possible protests | CTV News – CTV News Ottawa
Police officers in cruisers and on bicycles are patrolling downtown Ottawa and the Parliamentary Precinct today, as the city prepares for Canada Day festivities and possible protests against COVID-19 mandates and the federal government.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to visit downtown Ottawa and the LeBreton Flats area over the next few days to celebrate Canada’s 155th birthday. Canadian Forces veteran James Topp will also complete his cross-country march at the National War Memorial, as he protests the remaining COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
At LeBreton Flats, there was a very strong security presence Friday morning as preparations continued for the Canadian Heritage Canada Day festivities. The Canada Day daytime show begins at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, while the evening show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Ottawa police interim Chief Steve Bell says the increased police presence will remain in place through the weekend.
“We’ve talked for a number of days about all the planning and preparation we have and the expectation of people attending,” Bell told CTV News Ottawa. “I think what you’re seeing is those plans coming into action and us being out there and vigilant around who’s attending, and trying to make sure people that understand it’s a safe place on Canada Day and you should come down and enjoy the festivities.”
On Wednesday, officers stopped a small convoy of vehicles in the area of Pinecrest Road and Hwy. 417 and several tickets were issued. Bell defended the actions of officers to stop vehicles in the capital region.
“We actually have good legal grounds for the plans we’ve put in place. We make sure that we stay on legal grounds because that’s very important as a police service,” Bell said. “We’re comfortable with the posture we’re taking and the actions officers are taking, and it’s all in the name that we ensure public safety and we can have a good, festive Canada Day.”
JAMES TOPP ARRIVES IN OTTAWA
Canadian Forces veteran James Topp will finish his cross-country march to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates this evening at the National War Memorial.
The final leg of his journey began at 1811 Robertson Road at 10 a.m. Topp is scheduled to arrive at Hog’s Back Park at 1:30 p.m. and finish his march at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at 6 p.m.
“We have been in contact with Mr. Topp and his group and have plans in place to ensure that he can safely and lawfully move from the west end of the city down to the Parliament Hill buildings,” interim chief Bell said on Monday.
Speaking in Ottawa last week, Topp said a number of groups that formed out of the Freedom Convoy had come together to protest the federal government.
“What I would like to see with the establishment of C3 – the Canadian Citizens Coalition is for us to have further conversations about the way forward, about the way of the future, of what we see Canada being and becoming,” said Topp.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will not be taking part in Canada Day festivities in Ottawa.
The Royal Canadian Air Force announced the Snowbirds fly-past over Ottawa on Friday has been cancelled, following a problem with the aircraft’s emergency ejection parachute that grounded the fleet for nearly a week.
Visitors to Parliament Hill will need to pass through a security checkpoint, and be searched by a Parliamentary Protective Service officer.
A sign on the fence along Wellington Street says several items are restricted, including tables, speakers, barbecues, aerosols, weapons, fireworks and sporting equipment.
MOTOR VEHICLE CONTROL ZONE
A motor vehicle control zone remains in effect around the Parliamentary Precinct, downtown Ottawa and roads near LeBreton Flats.
The zone stretches from Colonel By Drive/Sussex Drive in the east, Booth Street in the west, Laurier Avenue in the south and Wellington Street in the north, along with the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Albert Street west of Booth Street.
The roads in the motor vehicle control zone are not closed today; however, motor vehicles taking part in any form of demonstration, event or protest will not be permitted in the area. There will be no on-street parking or stopping on roads in the control zone.
The city of Ottawa says a motor vehicle control zone will be in effect from Wednesday at 8 a.m. until July 4 at 6 a.m. (City of Ottawa/Twitter)
TICKETING AND TOWING VEHICLES
Ottawa Bylaw and Regulatory Services says officers are out ensuring all parking regulations are observed in the motor vehicle control zone.
“All vehicles found failing to observe the no-stopping zones will be ticketed and towed. Parking time limits and no parking zones outside the centre core will also be strictly enforced,” the city said.
Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Ottawa Bylaw says 120 parking tickets were issued and 28 vehicles were towed in the vehicle control zone.
Ottawa Bylaw will also be focusing on the following bylaws to ensure residents and visitors obey the rules over the Canada Day weekend.
- No unnecessary motor-vehicle or other noise, including speakers or shouting
- No unnecessary motor-vehicle idling
- No encumbering a sidewalk or roadway by any means, including setting up tents or other illegal structures
- No public urination and defecation
- No open air fires
- No littering
- Discharging of fireworks – contravening any regulations under Fireworks By-Law.
Ottawa City Hall and the underground municipal parking facility will be closed all weekend.
City Hall and the parking structure will be closed from 5 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. on Monday.
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Spouse of gunman to testify at N.S. shooting hearings but won’t be cross-examined
HALIFAX — The spouse of the gunman in the Nova Scotia mass shooting will testify mid-July before a public inquiry, but she won’t face direct questions from lawyers representing victims’ families.
Lisa Banfield, on the advice of her lawyers, had initially refused to speak under oath at the hearings into the 22 killings carried out by her spouse on April 18-19, 2020.
However, she changed her stance after a criminal charge laid against her for supplying ammunition to the killer was referred to restorative justice.
The public inquiry said today in a news release that due to Banfield’s status as a “survivor of the perpetrator’s violence,” only the inquiry’s lawyer will be asking her questions during her July 15 appearance.
Josh Bryson, a lawyer for the family of victims Peter and Joy Bond, says his clients are losing faith in the credibility of the inquiry.
Bryson says the families’ lawyers have been polite and respectful throughout the hearings, adding that it is frustrating to be denied the opportunity to pose direct questions to key witnesses.
“Cross-examination can make or break a witness’s evidence … You test the evidence in a meaningful and trauma-informed way,” he said in an interview today.
The inquiry has also refused to allow cross-examination of Staff Sgt. Brian Rehill and Staff Sgt. Andy O’Brien, who were the first RCMP managers overseeing the response to the shootings.
Emily Hill, senior commission counsel, says participatinglawyers can submit their questions in advance and can provide follow-up questions to the inquiry’s lawyer to ask during the single day set aside to hear Banfield.
Banfield’s evidence could provide further information about the killer’s personal history and state of mind and may also be key to the commission’s mandate to examine the “role of gender-based and intimate-partner violence” in the killer’s actions.
The inquiry has heard she was the last person with the gunman before he went on his rampage. The killer allegedly assaulted her and confined her in a car, but she managed to escape. She fled into the woods and hid before emerging the next morning and telling police the killer was driving a replica RCMP vehicle.
The RCMP have said from the outset that Banfield wasn’t aware of her spouse’s intentions when she provided him with ammunition, but they proceeded with charges alleging she, her brother and her brother-in-law had illegally transferred ammunition to the killer.
During a briefing this morning, the commission confirmed that senior RCMP officers, including Supt. Darren Campbell, Chief Supt. Chris Leather, assistant commissioner Lee Bergerman and Commissioner Brenda Lucki will testify in July and August — under oath and subject to cross-examination.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 30, 2022.
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