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Tories Elect Populist Firebrand Poilievre to Challenge Trudeau

  • Poilievre easily defeats more centrist rival Charest
  • Question now for new leader is whether he pivots to center
Pierre Poilievre speaks during a campaign rally in London, Ontario last month.
Pierre Poilievre speaks during a campaign rally in London, Ontario last month.Photographer: Christopher Katsarov Luna/Bloomberg
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Canada’s opposition Conservatives elected 43-year-old firebrand Pierre Poilievre as the main rival to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The party announced a new leader on Saturday night, with Poilievre winning easily with 68% of points available to candidates under the voting system. Jean Charest, a former Quebec premier who represented the party’s more centrist establishment, came in second, with about 16%.