Former UK Conservative candidate runs for Canadian Conservative Leader



He's the 12th contender.


Grant Abraham has launched his bid to be the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.


Abraham made the announcement at the Dream Centre in Calgary on April 1st. In his remarks, Abraham said that Canada is in a place that it should not be, "The question that Canadians have to ask is why we are in this place.


"The answer is that the Liberal Government is rolling out a new social contract that we have not agreed too," Abraham added.


While Abraham hasn't run as a conservative in Canada prior to entering the leadership race, he did run as a Conservative in 2019 in the United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland.


Abraham ran in the Northern Ireland riding of Strangford and picked up 3.9% of the vote.


"I think we need to do is recognize that the Conservative Party of Canada is the only party that can put together a team and deliver a government in waiting so at the next general election we can win a majority," Abraham said in a video what his top priority is for the Conservative Party.


"The second priority needs to be, is realizing that there needs to be some family conversations within the Conservative Party of Canada," He added. "We need to understand that the doublespeak and disunity create mistrust with Canadians. If we can engage discuss and deliver a platform that will allow Canadians to have a fresh start, We will win the next election."


With Abraham entrance, the Calgarian joins a crowded field that includes Conservative MP's Pierre Poilievre, Leslyn Lewis, Marc Dalton, and Scott Aitchison, former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, Former Conservative Deputy Leader Leona Alleslev, Ontario Independent MPP Roman Baber, Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown, Saskatchewan Business Owner Joseph Bourgault, and former Conservative Party candidates Bobby Singh and Joel Etienne.


Conservatives will elect a new leader on September 10th, 2022.