2004 Conservative Party of Canada leadership election

The 2004 Conservative Party of Canada leadership election took place on March 20, 2004, in Toronto, Ontario, and resulted in the election of Stephen Harper as the first leader of the new Conservative Party of Canada. The Conservative Party was formed by the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, in December 2003.

2004 Conservative Party of Canada leadership election

 2003 (PC)
2002 (CA)
March 20, 2004 2017 
Candidate Stephen Harper Belinda Stronach Tony Clement
Popular vote 67,143 22,286 7,968
Percentage 68.9% 22.9% 8.2%
Home province Alberta Ontario Ontario
Points 17,296 10,613 2,887
Percentage 56.2% 34.5% 9.4%

Results by Canadian electoral district

Leader before election

John Lynch-Staunton (interim)

Elected Leader

Stephen Harper

2004 Conservative leadership election
Convention Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
Won by Stephen Harper
Ballots 1
Candidates 3
Entrance Fee C$100,000[1]
Spending limit C$2.5 million[2]
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Stephen Harper, the former leader of the Canadian Alliance, was elected on the first (and only) ballot. Tony Clement, a former Ontario Progressive Conservative health minister, and Belinda Stronach, the former Chief Executive Officer of Magna International, were the other candidates on the ballot.[3]

The leader was selected by a system in which each of the party’s riding associations was allocated 100 points, which were allocated among candidates in proportion to the votes that he or she received. This system was selected as a condition of the merger, to prevent the far larger Canadian Alliance membership base from overwhelming that of the Progressive Conservatives.

Members voted using ranked ballots. If no candidate won a majority of votes in the first round, the ballots supporting the candidate with the smallest number of votes would be re-distributed according to the voters’ second preferences. Subsequent rounds were not needed, however, because Stephen Harper won in the first round.

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42, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton South (1995-2003), provincial Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (2001-2003), provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (1999-2001), provincial Minister of the Environment (1999-2000), provincial Minister of Transportation (1997-1999), third place candidate in Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leadership election (2002)

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44, Reform Party of Canada MP for Calgary West (1993-1997), Canadian Alliance MP for Calgary Southwest (2002-), Leader of the Canadian Alliance (2002-2003), President of the National Citizens Coalition (1998-2002)

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