Am­brose ex­pected to re­sign seat by sum­mer

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

OT­TAWA – In­terim Con­ser­va­tive leader Rona Am­brose is ex­pected to re­sign her seat in the House of Com­mons this sum­mer, sources con­firmed Mon­day.

The long­time Al­berta MP has been serv­ing as the tem­po­rary head of the party since the fall of 2015.

Sources tell The Cana­dian Press she in­tends to out­line her fu­ture plans in a farewell break­fast speech Tues­day morn­ing, ahead of a planned trib­ute to her in the House of Com­mons.

She’ll also ad­dress Con­ser­va­tive mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and sen­a­tors on Wednesday in their fi­nal cau­cus meet­ing be­fore the new party leader is cho­sen.

Vot­ing is cur­rently un­der­way, with the win­ner to be an­nounced at a con­ven­tion in Toronto on May 27, where Am­brose is also sched­uled to speak.

Am­brose had al­ways in­tended to stay on as an MP dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod, though she is al­ready mov­ing out of the of the Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion leader’s res­i­dence of Stornoway. She was first elected an MP in 2004 and served in sev­eral cabi­net po­si­tions un­der for­mer Con­ser­va­tive leader Stephen Harper.

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