It was interesting and I liked it. But, c'est la vie.
What's replaced it is something spuriously similar to what the Conservatives currently use. Allow me to copypasta it here:
for each electoral district, the first preference votes recorded in favour of leadership contestants on the ballots cast by the supporters of the Party who live in that electoral district are counted and then the 100 points allocated to the electoral district are allocated to each leadership contestant on the basis of the ratio the number of the first preference votes received by that leadership contestant bears to the total number of votes counted;Not only is it similar, it is, in fact, the same thing the Conservatives use, with a few tweaks here and there. I have no general problem with it - it does the job, after all - but now the "official" course has not only moved away from the primaries but also from OMOV. If we keep this up, soon we'll be deciding by coin flip.
The benefits of this? Well, Westerners and Quebeckers will get a bigger say. However, to me it offers up the chance for greater abuse than a primary system would allow. As I said, I have no general issue with the system, I just think they need to really watch who is organizing what.
Not very clear on the timing either. Is it by stages or is it all at once? HuffPo says stages, but I can't find reference to it in the document. Ah well.