Conservative leadership: Queen’s death forces party to rethink plans


The Queen’s passing has prompted the Conservative Party of Canada to rethink how it plans to announce its next leader.

The party had planned to do so with an event in Ottawa on Saturday, but the monarch’s death now means the country will be in mourning during this time.

The chair of the party’s leadership election organizing committee said in a statement that the party would abide by the protocols surrounding his death.

Ian Brodie says the committee is “considering an appropriate and respectful way” to announce the race results and will provide an update early Friday.

The party had already reserved space at a convention center in downtown Ottawa, sold tickets for $150 and created a list of speakers for the event.

The party is also putting more than 400,000 ballots into counting machines to prepare for the results announcement expected on Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 8, 2022