From the Globe and Mail:
The Conservative Party says it has set a new record for party memberships in a leadership race. According to a statement released last night, the Conservatives say 259,010 Canadians are now paid-up party members and eligible to choose among 14 different candidates for party leader. That represents an increase of 150,000 people since the beginning of January, the party says, and the total is even more than the 2004 race that saw Stephen Harper become leader. Just over 100,000 people voted in the 2013 Liberal race that elected Justin Trudeau as leader. “We were surprised by the size of the list and I think most campaigns were, too,” candidate Kevin O’Leary told The Globe this morning. The new Conservative leader will be announced May 27.