Harper tak­ing a back seat to Am­brose at Tory con­ven­tion

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

OT­TAWA — Con­ser­va­tive party of­fi­cials say for­mer leader and prime min­is­ter Stephen Harper is not ex­pected at this month’s lead­er­ship con­ven­tion. Mem­bers will be gath­er­ing in Toronto on May 27 to choose his of­fi­cial re­place­ment. But while in­terim Con­ser­va­tive leader Rona Am­brose is sched­uled to speak, the party says Harper is not.

One of­fi­cial says that’s be­cause Harper, who spent 12 years as the in­au­gu­ral leader of the united Con­ser­va­tive party, wants to pass the torch. The of­fi­cial says Harper wants to give the new leader a chance to shine at the con­ven­tion.

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