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No tears for Harper as Ottawa marks new era at press gallery dinner

By Les Whittington      

‘Stephen Harper loved humanity, it was just people that he couldn't stand,’ quipped interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose about her old boss.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, injected a crisp, informal spirit into the affair, writes Les Whittington. Rideau Hall photograph by MCpl Vincent Carbonneau
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OTTAWA—The Conservatives have raised the bar in the hypocrisy sweepstakes ever since the election with their suggestions that the nastiness of the past decade originated with Stephen Harper and that “Hey, we’re just everyday, nice people.” Rona Ambrose cranked this newfound sense of decency up to its highest level yet at this year’s press gallery dinner, saying “Stephen Harper loved humanity, it was just people that he couldn't stand." Even at a gala with a strong “roast” tradition

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