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Poilievre campaign is back in Saskatchewan

Pierre Poilievre was in Battleford, Prince Albert and Saskatoon Tuesday, Regina Wednesday
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Battleford Mayor Ames Leslie was among those photographed with Conservative candidate Pierre Poilievre at his appearance in Battleford on Aug. 2.

REGINA - The Conservative leadership campaign of Pierre Poilievre is back in Saskatchewan this week.

The campaign is scheduled for a meet and greet event in Regina Wednesday evening, after Poilievre spent the day campaigning at scheduled events in Battleford, Prince Albert and Saskatoon on Tuesday. 

The Battleford event was an early morning appearance at the Lion’s Club hall and among those attending was Mayor Ames Leslie, who was photographed with the candidate.

“Great morning in Battleford, Saskatchewan with people voting to take back control of their lives.” was the statement from Poilievre about the Battleford event on Facebook.

The events on Tuesday were billed as “voting parties” where people could meet Poilievre and bring their mail-in ballot to be dropped off.

On Wednesday, Poilievre was in Weyburn and was heading off to visit a farm in the Estevan area during the day, before heading to the Regina event at 5 p.m. at the Atlas Hotel.

The Poilievre tour follows on the heels of other candidates making Saskatchewan appearances in recent days. The Leslyn Lewis campaign toured Saskatchewan last week with events in Regina, Saskatoon and Lloydminster. The Jean Charest campaign was also in Saskatoon on July 23 for their own “ballot party” and wiener roast event that attracted a reported 200 people.

Membership sales have closed, and mail-in ballots are being received by Conservative party members to be filled out and sent in in time for the announcement of the new leader on Sept. 10.

The Poilievre campaign is riding some recent momentum coming into Saskatchewan after he received the endorsement of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The campaign has also reported fundraising of over $4 million, the most of any candidates running.

The timing of the Poilievre event in Regina Wednesday is interesting as Aug. 3 was the date set by the party for the latest official all-candidates debate in Ottawa. 

Both Poilievre and Lewis have announced they are not attending that debate, with both campaigns to be hit by $50,000 fines for refusing to participate. The debate will go on with the other candidates Charest, Scott Aitchison and Roman Baber.