National Newswatch

Former prime minister Stephen Harper’s decision to recently step down from the Conservative Fund in order to reportedly block the potential Conservative leadership candidacy of Jean Charest is causing fissures in the party, with some saying, “he’s a former defeated Conservative leader” and should stay out of the leadership contest.

“There’s a risk of excessive polarization of the party when you know this great symbolic figure starts to take a position in a leadership race, it can’t help but raise the temperature instead of just leaving [it] into the members’ [hands],” said Tom Flanagan, an elder statesman of the Conservative Party, in an interview with The Hill Times.

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