Former Conservative Party staffer prepares to enter leadership race as the ‘so-con’ candidate

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The social conservative wing of the Conservative Party looks set to have at least one flag-bearer in the leadership race, as former party staffer Richard Décarie is collecting signatures and has a network forming behind him. The party’s social conservative wing is a large, energized voting bloc in leadership races and could well be a kingmaker in a close race, given the ranked ballot system. Despite the high entry fee ($300,000 in total, with $100,000 of that a refundable deposit), Décarie said he doesn’t expect money to be an issue, and is in the process of collecting enough signatures to formally enter the race. Décarie is francophone, which he said should help him in a race where there are questions about the bilingualism of other candidates. The leadership results will be announced June 27 in Toronto.