John Ivison: Peter MacKay has his mojo back, performance during debates shows

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Peter MacKay’s performance in the Conservative leadership race has vindicated the criticisms levelled by rival Erin O’Toole that the former defence minister is yesterday’s man; an entitled, policy-light, serial flip-flopper who keeps putting his foot in it. That was all true until around the hour mark in the French-language debate on Wednesday, when MacKay appeared to remember why he is running. Asked how he planned to attract new support, MacKay said the Conservative Party had a perception problem in the last election. “We have to change that perception. The Conservative Party is a big tent but we have to prove that to people,” he said.