Canada column for Sunday, Aug. 28/16
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, defeated in last October’s election, has resigned after two decades in politics.
Harper quit as aMember of Parliament for Calgary in a statement and on video on Friday.
After his election defeat to Justin Trudeau and the Liberals, Harper left his position as Conservative party leader but remained in Parliament.
He led the Conservatives to a minority government, becoming prime minister in the 2006 election and again in 2008 before winning his first majority in 2011.
“On seven occasions, I have been deeply humbled by your trust and support, time and again,” Harper said of his election victories.
As he leaves politics for a career as an international issues consultant, Harper said among his “proudest accomplishments” were guiding the economy through the 2008 recession and the tough-on-crime agenda.
Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose also noted his foreign policy, including support for Israel and opposition to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.