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The Tories poisoned their own well in B.C.

By Chantal HÉbert      

Going into the last campaign, B.C. was a long-standing pillar of Conservative support. On the scale of the party's past presence in the province, Canada's Conservatives are paying a visit to a field of ruins this weekend.

Prime Minister Steven Harper addresses the crowd of supporters at a Conservative Party of Canada rally at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick on Sept. 10, 2015.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The federal Conservatives are gathering in Vancouver this weekend to praise Stephen Harper and, if they are smart, to start burying some of his signature policies over the rest of their national convention. It will be the first time Harper addresses his party—and by the same token, Canadians—since his election-night defeat. It will also be the last time he speaks to the Conservatives as an elected politician. By the time the party picks his successor a year from

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