Candidates


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Approved Applicant

Marilyn Gladu

Leslyn Lewis

Authorized Contestant

Peter MacKay

Erin O’Toole

Verified Candidate

Peter MacKay

Authorized Contestant

Peter MacKay is a father, husband, lawyer and is running to be the Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. From 1997 to 2015, Peter served as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Central Nova. He previously served his community as a Crown Prosecutor and public defender.

In Parliament, Peter served as Canada’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Canada’s second longest serving Minister of National Defence. He also served as Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada under The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper.

Peter currently serves on numerous volunteer boards and not for profits including the National Board of Special Olympics Canada, Boost Child Youth Advocacy Centre and Wounded Warriors Canada, and also supports Children’s Aid Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dalhousie and Acadia Universities, and the Canada-United States Law Institute.

Peter played a historic role in the reunification of the Conservative movement in Canada. Peter’s signature is one of the two signatures on the founding documents of the Conservative Party of Canada. He is running for leader to keep the Conservative movement united and to defeat Justin Trudeau in the next general election.

Erin O’Toole

Authorized Contestant

Erin Michael O’Toole was born in Montreal. His father worked for General Motors in Sainte-Thérèse, QC before a transfer to GM Oshawa. O’Toole enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces at 18 and attended the Royal Military College. Over the course of his 12 years in the military, O’Toole sailed with the Royal Canadian Navy as part of a Sea King helicopter detachment, participated in search and rescue, fishery patrols and other missions as a tactical co-ordinator (TACCO) and participated in Operation Persistence following the crash of SwissAir Flight 111.

During his decade in the private sector as a corporate lawyer he worked as in-house legal counsel for the world’s largest consumer good company, Procter & Gamble (P&G), and in private practice with the national law firm of Heenan Blaikie LLP. O’Toole is one of the founders of the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL), the largest Canadian charity dedicated to serving veterans and military families across Canada. He has been elected 3 times in his GTA riding of Durham. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade working on trade deals in Europe, Asia and South America. He was promoted to Minister of Veterans Affairs, a file plagued by waiting lists, lawsuits and eroding trust. O’Toole used his experience to bring together a team to turn the department around in the final year of the Harper government.

O’Toole, 47, has been married to his wife Rebecca for 19 years and they have two children, Mollie & Jack.

Marilyn Gladu

Approved Applicant

M.P. Gladu has represented the riding of Sarnia-Lambton in Parliament since her election in 2015. She served as the Official Opposition Science Critic, as well as the Chair for the Status of Women, as well as the Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Rail Caucus, in addition to the Vice-Chair of the Aerospace Caucus. She was also the Shadow Minister of Health, and the Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Health. As one of the most respected leading members of the current Parliament, Marilyn works cooperatively and respectfully with her parliamentary peers, having been named “The Most Collegial Parliamentarian” by all party members of parliament in 2016.

A professional chemical engineer by training and profession, M.P. Gladu has had a broad range of experience in her 32-year career, including global work in the energy sector, plastics, building construction, automotive, mining, nuclear, the bio-industry and medical products industry. She worked for Dow Chemical for 21 years both domestically and globally, before becoming the Engineering Manager, and subsequently, the Director of Engineering at Suncor. From there, she became a business director as a consultant at WorleyParsons.

She was recently named as a prestigious “Fellow” by the Canadian Academy of Engineers and Engineers Canada. She is the first female engineer to be elected to the House of Commons.
A special moment in her early political career is her private members’ bill, C-277 (on palliative care) receiving unanimous consent of the House of Commons and Senate.

Leslyn Lewis

Approved Applicant

It has been said that to whom much is given, much is expected. I am running to be the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada because Canadians can and should expect much more from their leaders.

I came to Canada when I was five years old. The values of Canada and Canadians – generosity, fair opportunity, rewarding hard work – enabled me to realize all the dreams of my immigrant parents. I achieved a Bachelors Degree from the University of Toronto, Trinity College graduating Magna Cum Laude, a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, an MBA Concentration in Business and Environment from the Schulich School of Business and a Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School and a PhD in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. Our values and democratic institutions were the foundation for my success as a mother, lawyer, teacher and community advocate. 

As a party volunteer for over 20 years, I have held a variety of roles including fundraising. In 2015 I was honoured to be asked by the party to be a candidate in the middle of the election when a crisis happened.

And now much is required in return. I am running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada because I see these opportunities for future generations falling away and I see our values being undermined – even within our own Party.