Canada's Conservatives pick populist Pierre Poilievre to take on Trudeau

Pierre Poilievre
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Canada's Conservatives on Saturday elected populist Pierre Poilievre as the party's new leader, The Washington Post reported.

Poilievre received 68 percent of the vote on the first ballot in an apparent rebuke to the party's more moderate wing, which favored former Quebec Premier Jean Charest. The Post explains that the vote was conducted using a ranked ballot and "was restricted to dues-paying members of the Conservative Party," with some 678,000 people eligible to vote.

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