Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper resigned from the Conservative Fund board as speculation increases as to whether he will throw support behind any particular candidate in the party’s leadership career.
Global News confirmed the news that Maclean first reported on Wednesday that Harper was resigning from the Fund, which is responsible for the party’s fundraising. While that original report said he was resigning with the goal of opposing former Quebec Liberal Prime Minister Jean Charest, whose sources say that Global News will launch his name in the race for leadership, another source suggested that the movement was not specifically motivated by the possibility of running.
“Yes, Mr. Harper has left his position in the Conservative Fund. The Fund thanks former Prime Minister Harper for his tireless work on the council and wishes him well. Your contributions, support and wise advice to the Board in recent years have been appreciated, ”said Cory Hann, spokesman for the Conservative Party.
The game occurs when the Fund and the party deal with how to move forward after revelations that donor money was being used to help conservative leader Andrew Scheer cover the costs of sending four of his children to a private school.
The sources told Global News last month that it was done without the knowledge or approval of the main members of the Fund.
There were bitter internal struggles over who should take responsibility for that.
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Scheer, who lost the election to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, promised for almost two months to maintain leadership.
But in mid-December, he announced that he would resign once the party chooses a successor.
The rules for that leadership career were announced Monday with the deadline for candidates to qualify for March 25.
The leadership convention will take place on June 27.
Peter MacKay, a former conservative cabinet minister and former leader of federal progressive conservatives, announced Wednesday that he will run to replace Scheer. It is the most prominent name so far to enter the race.
Sources say the former interim conservative Global News leader did not rule out running despite a French media report on Wednesday that he had decided not to. Conservative parliamentarian Pierre Poilievre will also organize this weekend in Montreal to prove support, according to a source at Global News.
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