Tory interim leader heads on national tour ahead of winter sitting
OTTAWA — Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose will be on a national tour next week ahead of the winter session of Parliament. While both the governing Liberals and New Democrats have strategy sessions planned for their respective caucuses, the Conservative are taking a different approach. Rather than meeting to plot their own course, Ambrose and other Tory MPs are going to solicit input from their own members and others about how to move forward this year as a party and as Opposition. On Monday, Ambrose is set to address the Canadian Club in Toronto, followed by visits to Manitoba and B.C. business organizations, with party events and interviews along the way. Her tour comes as the Conservatives are still figuring out the rules for the selection of their next permanent leader, a vote that’s unlikely to take place before 2017. The party executive has been hammering out that process behind closed doors ever since Stephen Harper stepped down in the aftermath of last October’s election defeat.