kim Klacik, the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, is leading the Liberals in the polls and could be the next leader of Canada’s national governing party, the Conservatives.
Klacicik’s party is in third place in Quebec, a province where the Liberals were swept in the 2011 election and where Justin Trudeau is expected to be reelected in a run-off against Justin Trudeau in 2019.
The Conservatives, meanwhile, are in second place in Ontario, a conservative stronghold that will be the key battleground in the 2019 federal election.
Klasicik, 53, was elected as Liberal leader in 2005, and is considered a leader with charisma, having been elected mayor of Montreal in 2009 and serving as Quebec premier from 2008 to 2012.
In his book “The Man Who Never Was,” Klasics wife, Sonia, wrote that their family moved to Montreal in 1977 when her father was a doctor.
After the election of her father’s successor, the late Jean Charest, Klasik led the Liberal party in the 1990s, winning the 2015 election.
In a Facebook post last week, Klascik congratulated the Liberal caucus for its work in the last election and the election results, which saw the Conservatives drop from the second place spot in Quebec to fourth place.
In addition to winning a majority government in Canada, Klac is seen as the future of the Conservative Party.
The Conservative Party has been embroiled in a long-running internal crisis over its handling of allegations that former party leader Michael Chong committed sexual harassment.
Chong resigned as party leader in June 2018 after more than a year in office, but the Conservatives have refused to say what prompted the decision.
In response to questions about the leadership contest, the Conservative party issued a statement that said the Conservative candidate is “a principled and experienced Conservative leader who understands the challenges facing Canadians.”
The party also pointed to Klas, who served as the minister of economic development under Charest and was the finance minister under Stephen Harper.
According to the Conservative election platform, Klaspicik will be running in the riding of Montreal-Gatineau-Brampton, which is currently held by Conservative candidate Jason Kenney.
Kenney has called for an independent investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Chong, and his campaign said the allegations are a “political distraction” from a stronger economy.