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Former Canadian parliamentarian Pierre Poilievre was chosen Saturday as leader of the Conservative Party and will lead the party’s mission to oust the Liberals and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from the country’s government.
Poilievre, 43, was declared the winner with 68% of the vote in the first round of the preferential ballot. He is the sixth Conservative leader since 2015.
He has campaigned to reduce the role of the state in people’s lives and cut public spending and taxes which he blames for the rise in inflation.
The new Conservative leader defeated four opponents, including his main competitor Jean Charest, former premier of Quebec. During his campaign, Poilievre had criticized Trudeau and the central bank governor for failing to control soaring inflation.
“Tonight begins the journey to replace an old government that costs you more and gives you less with a new government that puts you first — your paycheck, your pension, your home, your country,” Poilievre said in his speech. victoire.
Poilievre became an MP in 2004 aged just 25. He then served as Minister of Democratic Reform and Minister of Employment and Social Development until Trudeau took office in 2015.
With Trudeau’s backing from left-leaning New Democrats, an election could go until 2025. And pollsters have suggested Poilievre would be a formidable opponent against Trudeau if the prime minister runs for the fourth time.
“Here are two people who know exactly how to push the buttons, who know exactly how to get under each other’s skin,” Angus Reid Institute president Shachi Kurl said of Poilievre and Trudeau. .
Poilievre in February supported the convoy of Canadian truckers and his supporters who blocked border crossings as part of a protest against Trudeau and its COVID-19 vaccination policies for truck drivers.
The new leader of the Conservative Party also promised during his campaign that he would fire Governor of the Bank of Canada, Tiff Macklem. Poilievre attributed the price increases to central bank pandemic bond purchases.
Reuters contributed to this report.