Conservative leadership candidates will face off in Edmonton for the next debate

British Columbia MP Ed Fast said Tories watching the upcoming leadership debate are hoping the six candidates vying for the party’s top job put an end to the personal attacks.

Fast, who co-chairs the campaign of former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, says the rivals will have to unite at the end of the race if the party hopes to defeat the ruling Liberals in the next election.

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All of the candidates will appear in the first official leadership debate in Edmonton on Wednesday, with less than a month to sell party memberships to supporters they hope will vote for them.

Laryssa Waler, former spokeswoman for Ontario Premier Doug Ford, says when it comes to leadership contests, debates take a back seat to membership sales.

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She says the candidates on stage will likely focus on the fact that the level of support for Tory MP Pierre Poilievre will not reach 50% and launch attacks to slow his momentum.

A candidate must obtain a majority of support to be declared the winner when the ballots are counted on September 10.

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