February 21st, 2018

Federal conservatives seek to build bridges with women, new Canadians in 2019

By The Canadian Press on February 9, 2018.

Ontario PC Party leadership candidate Caroline Mulroney participates in a Q&A with columnist Anthony Furey, right, at the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

OTTAWA – The Conservative party’s campaign chair for the 2019 federal election says the Tories need to reinvigorate their brand among new Canadians.

Hamish Marshall also says so-called pink-collar labourers, or those who work in traditionally female jobs such as health care and teaching, make up another coveted voting bloc.

Marshall was among the panellists at the annual Manning Networking Conference, where the movement is seeking new momentum after recent turmoil that, among other things, has seen senior leaders resign over sexual misconduct allegations.

Several female conservatives say the #metoo movement and also the Liberals’ claim to be the only feminist party need to be addressed for the right to regain its footing.

MP Rachael Harder, who was blocked from being the head of the Commons status of women committee because of her pro-life views, says the Liberal message is not true feminism.

She says her experience showed her Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes only he gets to decide who are the right and wrong women for Canada.

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