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Manning Centre’s training pullback disappointing, but conservative movement still healthy: Tory MPs

By Charelle Evelyn      

The group was ‘contributing to helping to build a broader conservative infrastructure outside of the Conservative Party,’ says MP Michael Cooper.

Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning founded the Manning Centre in 2005 and stepped away from his direct management job last year. The Hill Times file photograph
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The Manning Centre’s retreat from training political operatives, while disappointing, doesn't mean the conservative movement in Canada is any less strong, say Conservative MPs and party faithful. On July 24, the Calgary Herald reported the Calgary-based outfit founded by namesake Preston Manning, the former Reform Party leader, was stepping back from its advocacy work, according to centre vice-president John Whittaker. “We are doing a reorganization. We’re going to be primarily focusing on conferences going forward,” Mr. Whittaker, who

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