Tory in­terim leader heads on na­tional tour ahead of win­ter sit­ting

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

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.

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