Peter MacKay is piling up the caucus endorsements — but will they matter?

As of late Friday, MacKay had received the endorsements of 11 MPs. It's kind of a chicken-or-egg question. Do MPs endorse the people they believe will win out of self-interest, or do MP endorsements help them win? Endorsements from MPs probably didn't play a decisive role in the party's 2017 leadership race, but they could have made a difference in what turned out to be a close contest.

Last Name. How did Peter MacKay miss scoring on an empty net? In the Conservative leadership race, Peter MacKay is already way ahead — in caucus endorsements.

What is clear is that no successful campaign for the Conservative Party leadership will ever again try to emulate Peter MacKay’s “avoid and ignore” stratagem when dealing with independent media. Add your name to show your support! Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Do MPs endorse the people they believe will win out of self-interest, or do MP endorsements help them win?

We reserve the right to close comments at any time. In the last campaign, candidates had just over a year to recruit new members. In the Conservative leadership race, Peter MacKay is already way ahead — in caucus endorsements. Endorsements are not necessarily predictive, though. Send me text message updates. FULL REPORT from Keean Bexte: Rebel News: Telling the other side of the story. He's one of three MPs who endorsed O'Toole in 2017 and are putting their weight behind MacKay this time.

The length of the race also might put a premium on Conservative MPs' pre-existing networks in their constituencies.

Unless O'Toole — who had the backing of nearly a third of the caucus in 2017 — can start to build his own roster of endorsements soon, MacKay's advantage might become self-sustaining, discouraging caucus members from backing anyone but the heir apparent. What impact might MP endorsements have in a race that will be shorter than the one in 2017? Peter’s campaign also was being run by a hodge-podge of homeless politicos. It's kind of a chicken-or-egg question. In the end, the MPs doing the endorsing are likely a mix of bandwagon-jumpers and people willing to put in the actual work to help a candidate win. Boris Johnson’s lockdown plans come under fire from Conservative MPs, Conservative leader demands changes to COVID-19 business support programs, Coronavirus: Don't underestimate deep discontent among Conservatives running out of faith in Boris Johnson, Coronavirus: Boris Johnson resists calls to exempt gyms, tennis, golf and swimming from lockdown, Second lockdown: How Boris Johnson responded to MPs' questions, Election night 2020: Live coverage, updates and results, European shares rise as investors bet on Biden, This stock market ‘presidential predictor’ is forecasting who will win the White House, Canada's top public health doctor now recommends 3-layer non-medical masks, US election 2020 LIVE: Joe Biden secures early lead on Donald Trump as all eyes on Florida battleground, Woman forced to wear flight attendant’s jumper on Southwest Airlines flight to cover up ‘lewd’ outfit, Pierre Poilievre will not be running for the leadership, boosted their candidates by an average of 11 points in their ridings. How important could they prove to be this time? First Name. Now that we know Ontario MP Pierre Poilievre will not be running for the leadership, MacKay's chief competitor appears to be Erin O'Toole, who finished third in the 2017 race and whose own campaign will launch soon. Will you endorse? Peter Gordon MacKay PC QC (born September 27, 1965) is a Canadian lawyer and politician. Add some “good” to your morning and evening. A single tweet from MacKay saying "I'm in" was enough to get a few Conservative MPs to announce their support for the former cabinet minister and last leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. Thousands of Conservatives across the country are uniting behind Peter MacKay. The entire team? Endorsements are not necessarily predictive, though. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. That makes Carrie's endorsement particularly notable, as the Oshawa MP backed O'Toole — who represents the neighbouring riding of Durham — in 2017. Peter’s campaign also was being run by a hodge-podge of homeless politicos. This phenomenon was pretty widespread — only five Conservative MPs out of the 70 who made endorsements failed to give their candidates a boost in their ridings. For one thing, with 22 more MPs in the Conservative caucus there are now more endorsements up for grabs. That boost could have made the difference between Andrew Scheer and Maxime Bernier, the top two finishers in 2017. Help Elect Peter The 70 MPs who endorsed a leadership contestant in the 2017 race boosted their candidates by an average of 11 points in their ridings, compared to the candidates' performance in ridings in the same provinces where they did not receive endorsements. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. PO Box 61056, Eglinton/Dufferin RO, Toronto, ON M6E 5B2, Canada.

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