Post-Election Review to Investigate Where Conservatives Got Votes for the Popular Party and NDP

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OTTAWA – The former MP who is leading the Conservatives’ electoral performance review says he will examine how the Conservatives lost votes to Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada.

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James Cumming, a representative from Alberta who lost his seat to Randy Boissonnault of the Liberals, says he will start reaching out to candidates and campaign teams this week.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole chose Cumming to review the party’s campaign after he was defeated by the Liberals and won two fewer seats than in the 2019 federal vote.

Cumming says he will research the match’s campaign strategy, his dirt game and the data he used, as well as O’Toole’s tour during the 36-day race.

One of the questions hanging over conservatives is the role Bernier’s right-wing populist party played in his defeat.

During his second federal election as the leader of the PPC, Bernier shifted his focus away from immigration and heavily criticized vaccine mandates and other COVID-19 health measures.

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Although the PPC once again failed to win any seats in the House of Commons, the Conservatives’ review will examine how the division of votes to the right affected Conservatives across the country.

“Anywhere we’ve had a vote hemorrhage, I think it’s important that we study and understand what the factors were, so that the PPC represents some of that,” Cumming said in an interview.

“In Alberta we saw a significant hemorrhage of votes towards the NDP, so that is a completely different situation … in all cases we have to look at where we performed and where we did not and do that analysis in a -Base of departure, region by region to better understand what the dynamics are within that vote. “

O’Toole himself spent the final days of the campaign making increasingly direct warnings to supporters of the Conservatives not to split the vote by voting for Bernier, warning that doing so would lead to another liberal government.

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