Conservative leadership candidates to face off in back-to-back debates, starting Wednesday night

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper was particular about beginning nearly all of his remarks in French. It was a tactic understood to underscore his party’s commitment to Quebec throughout the Conservatives’ ongoing struggles to gain a lasting political foothold in that province. As the Conservatives seek, once again, to find a replacement for Harper, it could be seen as a nod to his seemingly permanent stamp on the party that the first of two back-to-back debates in the ongoing leadership race is being held in French. The decision, however, isn’t about nostalgia.