The former prime minister's fingerprints are all over the leading contenders to replace Andrew Scheer atop the Conservative Party.
Former prime minister Stephen Harper co-founded the Conservative Party alongside then-Progressive Conservative Party leader Peter MacKay. He remains a hugely influential figure in the party. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
HALIFAX—With the disappearance of Jean Charest from the Conservative leadership race, Justin Trudeau has been dealt another ace by a party that can’t seem to get over Stephen Harper.
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'I think the issue with racialized people not returning to work is more about whether or not they’re going to be hired,' says Arjumand Siddiqi, who holds the Canada Research chair in population health equity.
'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.
House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.