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Yuan BC Prime Minister Christie Clark backs Tory Jean Charest

Former British Columbia Premier Christie Clark endorsed Jean Charest as the next leader of the Federal Conservative Party on Wednesday.

She also offered words of choice against a pitch from the front-runner in Alberta's United Conservative leadership election, who has vowed to introduce legislation that defies federal law.

"I think it's a bat. It drives me crazy," Clarke said of Daniel Smith's proposed Alberta sovereignty law.

Clarke's comments followed an impassioned speech she gave in Edmonton to a room of conservatives assembled to discuss the need for the Federalists to stick to the political center. 9}

Prime Minister Christie Clark says the Federal Conservatives are in extreme competition and should stick to the political center. increase. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

The event was hosted by her Center Ice Conservatives, a support group formed at the start of her Conservative leadership contest. rice field. like the economy.

It argues that advocating for affordable measures, like the fight against pandemic-related health restrictions, resonates more with mainstream Canadians than others.

Its co-founder Rick Peterson, who ran for the party's 2017 leadership election, said the new group would not endorse any candidate in the current election.

Clark was the keynote speaker for Wednesday's event and, when asked by the audience, came to comment on the contest to replace Alberta Premier Jason Kenny as his UCP leader.

Clark, who previously headed his BC on the centre-right. The Liberals spent about 20 minutes talking about the need for political leaders to focus on what Canadians have in common and not fuel division.

She accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of dividing the country, blocking roads and highways last winter to make him a 'freedom convoy' protester against mandating a COVID-19 vaccine. They said their views were unacceptable.

Conservative Party leadership candidates Pierre Polivre (left), Leslin Lewis (center left), Jean Charest (center), Roman Mr. Babel (middle right) and Scott Aitchison (The Canadian Press)

Clark said politicians who divide create opportunities for others to do the same. rice field.

"Now we are seeing the Conservative Party of Canada in extreme competition to push to the very edge of the political divide," she said. 44} ``I think there are days when their rhetoric is as bad or worse.''

The race, which began in February, is a battle for the soul and future direction of the party. did.

The main conflict was between Pierre Polivre, a longtime Conservative MP with a broad campaign message of 'freedom', and accusations that the motorcade violated the rule of law. and former Quebec Premier Jean Chareste.

Of the 678,000 Conservative MPs available to vote in the election, the party reports that some 174,000 votes had been returned by her 6 September. deadline.

In a speech Wednesday, Clark said he had recently received ballots in the mail and would vote in the contest.

"I think Jean Charest would make a great prime minister," she said.