OTTAWA – Ontario MP Kellie Leitch is officially launching her bid for Conservative leadership today.
The Canadian Press has learned Leitch is submitting her application to the party today.
Once it’s approved, she will take the next step of registering with Elections Canada.
Sources close to Leitch say the move is intended to give Leitch more flexibility to be out in public raising funds and talking to party members about where she’d like to lead the Conservatives in the coming months and years.
Leitch has been assembling a team for weeks to support her bid and has already been holding fundraisers and speaking to party faithful about her candidacy.
She’s not the only hopeful expected to launch a bid this week.
Quebec MP Maxime Bernier is also expected to submit his registration papers on Thursday.
The vote for the next leader of the Conservative Party is scheduled for May 27, 2017.