Pierre Poilievre: Quick facts about the Conservative Party leadership candidate

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By Canadian Press

September 5, 2022 | 04:07

OTTAWA — You could say Pierre Poilievre grew up on Parliament Hill. Elected to parliament at just 25, he quickly acquired the reputation of being a political pit bull with his ideological and combative performance in debates. He is deeply popular among the Conservative base and over the years has amassed one of the largest social media followings of any Canadian politician.

Birth: Poilievre was born June 3, 1979. He was adopted by his parents Marlene and Don Poilievre, teachers from Saskatchewan who married two years earlier and moved to Calgary. Poilievre says he was born in Calgary to a 16-year-old girl who couldn’t raise a child and whose own mother had recently died. He has a brother named Patrick.

Early Years: Poilievre says he had a normal middle-class childhood. His parents divorced when he was a teenager, and he spent his youth playing competitive sports like football, hockey, and wrestling. He says when tendonitis in his shoulder left him recovering at home, he asked his mother if he could join her at a Progressive Conservative meeting. Thus was born his love for politics.

Before politics: After graduating from high school, he went to the University of Calgary, where he earned an undergraduate degree in international relations. But politics were never far away – the young Poilievre served as president of his campus Conservative club. He went to Ottawa in 2002 to work on the political staff of Stockwell Day, then a member of the Canadian Alliance. Poilievre also briefly ran a political consulting firm with friend and former Alberta cabinet minister Jonathan Denis in his early 20s.

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