The Conservative Party of Canada has delayed its leadership contest. Candidates seeking to replace Andrew Scheer have been asked to cease fundraising and communicating with members of the party in light of the global pandemic.
This of course disappoints perceived front runner Peter MacKay, who was desperately pleading with the leadership committee to maintain the status quo. It's not clear if Peter MacKay was just hoping to exploit his initial lead, or if he was just excited to march in the Toronto Pride Parade the day following the vote.
According to the party Constitution, the leadership election must be done via mail-in ballot. This would put the health and safety of the volunteers who would need to count the ballots at risk.
The postponement of the leadership itinerary came just a few weeks too late for several candidates who pulled out of the race in light of global circumstance. Two-time leadership candidate Rick Peterson was one of those who bowed out, citing the inability to engage with the membership during the crisis.
Four candidates remain in the race to replace Scheer, and we'll have to wait until May 1st when the leadership committee will reconvene to decide next steps.