Stakes Are High in Second Conservative Leadership Debate Tonight in English

Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidates Erin O'Toole, (L to R), Peter MacKay, Derek Sloan, and Leslyn Lewis wait for the start of the French Leadership Debate in Toronto on June 17, 2020. (The Canadian Press/Frank Gunn)

Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidates Erin O'Toole, (L to R), Peter MacKay, Derek Sloan, and Leslyn Lewis wait for the start of the French Leadership Debate in Toronto on June 17, 2020. (The Canadian Press/Frank Gunn)

TORONTO—The stakes are high tonight for the four contenders for leadership of the Conservative party as they face off in whats likely the final debate of the race.

All four will be fresh off last nights French-language debate, a nearly two-hour event that largely saw Erin OToole and Peter MacKay dominate in heated exchanges on everything from carbon taxes to abortion.

But tonight, the other two candidates are aiming to score some points of their own.

Both Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan acknowledged that with only basic French skills they could only go so far in the first event.

But Lewis says the English language debate will put the four on more equal footing and potentially help her continue building the momentum shes had behind her campaign in recent days.

Sloan says his goal is to show he is “ready to rumble” and suggested he will aim to bolster his support in the West.

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