Caroline Mulroney, a Toronto lawyer and daughter of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, joins the leadership race of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.
Ms. Mulroney confirmed the news in a series of interviews she gave in a North Toronto amphitheater. She answered reporters’ questions while her two sons were playing hockey.
The 43-year-old mother of four said that despite the party’s turmoil since the unexpected departure of leader Patrick Brown, Progressive Conservatives can come together and win the June 7 provincial election.
“After 15 years of Liberal government, we need change,” she said. People are tired. They want a new government. They want change. As a result, I am running for office. ”
Caroline Mulroney, who studied law at New York University, was acclaimed as the Progressive Conservative candidate for York-Simcoe, north of Toronto, for the next provincial election. June.
In 2014, Ms. Mulroney was appointed to the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority to oversee the development of a second border crossing between the two cities.
She also co-founded the Shoebox Project in 2011, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes gifts for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Before jumping into the political arena, Ms. Mulroney was vice-president of Toronto-based BloombergSen Investment Partner.
“It was not her plan to run, she was very, very focused on the riding and the community, and that’s where she focused her efforts,” said Conservative MP Peter Van Loan , who advised Mrs. Mulroney.
Mr. Van Loan points out that although she is new to politics, Caroline Mulroney has portrayed herself as a genuine person and a hard worker, which has attracted support in the community – even among those who judge her according to her Last name.
“She has her own strengths and her own intrinsic talents, no matter what her name is,” he said.
The advantages of a neophyte
Caroline Mulroney’s lack of political experience will undoubtedly be her biggest challenge, especially when confronted with experienced politicians, according to Kathy Brock, a professor of political science at Queen’s University in Kingston. But it could also work in his favor, as his candidacy will bring some freshness at a time when the interim leader committed to getting rid of “bad apples” in the party, added the political scientist.
Mulroney’s entry into the race means that two well-known women will be trying to get elected by the Progressive Conservative Party, which could help her improve her image, according to the expert. Former MP Christine Elliott announced her candidacy last week.
“This may be the kind of business they need to recover from the incident with [former party chairman Rick] Dykstra and Patrick Brown. It gives a new orientation, a new energy and it puts them a little more in tune with the times, “she continued. Messrs. Brown and Dykstra resigned within days of allegations of sexual misconduct, both of which they deny. The allegations were not independently verified by The Canadian Press.
Toronto politician Doug Ford, the brother of the late Mayor Rob Ford, is also in the running. Some sources told Canadian Press that Rod Phillips, former boss of Postmedia, will also present his candidacy in the coming days.
Candidates have until February 16th to register. The new chef will be announced on March 10th.