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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 3:47 pm    Post subject: Rona Ambrose to step down as mp Reply with quote

( some surprising news out of Ottawa today , don't think we expected her to stay in Ottawa forever once a new leader was chosen but the sudden resignation is a surprise )



Ambrose expected to announce resignation as MP Tuesday: sources

Ambrose scheduled to give final public speech as leader in the morning


BJ Siekierski

Monday, May 15th, 2017





Conservative Interim Leader Rona Ambrose is expected to announce Tuesday that she’s stepping down as an MP and won’t run in the 2019 federal election, according to several sources.

Ambrose is scheduled to make what her office is billing as her “final public speech as Leader of the Official Opposition” to the Canadian Club of Ottawa at the Fairmont Château Laurier in the morning, but the sources say she’ll make the announcement that she’s stepping back from federal politics later in the House of Commons.

With the Conservative party choosing its new leader on May 27 and Prime Minister Justin...

http://ipolitics.ca/2017/05/15.....y-sources/
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rona Ambrose set to leave federal politics

Announcement by interim Conservative leader to be made Tuesday

CBC News Posted: May 15, 2017 4:42 PM ET| Last Updated: May 15, 2017 4:42 PM ET

Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose will announce Tuesday she is stepping down as an MP.



Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose is leaving federal politics, CBC News has confirmed.

The Edmonton MP will make the announcement Tuesday in Ottawa, sources tell CBC News. Ambrose informed the Conservative Party of her decision on Friday. The news was first reported Monday by iPolitics.

Conservatives are to pick their new leader at a convention on May 27 and Ambrose is expected to stay on until then.

More to come


http://www.cbc.ca/news/politic.....-1.4116233
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rona Ambrose to resign seat by end of June

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Published Monday, May 15, 2017 5:03PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, May 15, 2017 7:06PM EDT


Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose will resign her seat in the House of Commons and leave federal politics at the end of June, CTV News has confirmed.

Don Martin, host of CTV’s Power Play, reported Monday that Ambrose will leave politics to pursue other opportunities, but her next career move was not immediately clear.

Ambrose is expected to make her announcement on Tuesday.


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Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose comments on the federal budget after it was tabled in the House of Commons on Wednesday March 22, 2017. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

The next Conservative Party of Canada leader will be chosen at a convention in Toronto on May 27.

Ambrose was first elected an MP in 2004 and she held several cabinet positions in the Stephen Harper government. As interim Conservative leader, she has been credited with changing the face of the party after its 2015 election defeat.

The news also comes on the same day as Ambrose gained high-profile support for her bill that would provide sexual assault training for new federally appointed judges.

Erin O’Toole, an Ontario MP and CPC leadership candidate, issued a statement Monday thanking Ambrose for her “hard work and dedication.”

“Rona Ambrose has been an excellent interim leader and an important figure in the Conservative movement in the last decade,” O’Toole said. “I want to thank her for taking on the interim leadership following the election of 2015 and for her important work as one of our most senior Conservative cabinet ministers.”

News of Ambrose’s impending departure also prompted praise for her work from those outside her party, including the NDP’s Charlie Angus.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics.....oPlay=true
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not really surprising but a real shame. I wasn't a Rona fan in November 2015, when she was named leader but she's done an exceptional job. Hopefully she'll be taking on Rachel Notley in a couple of years.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose expected to resign seat in House of Commons by summer


The Canadian Press | May 15, 2017 | Last Updated: May 15 11:08 PM ET
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Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian WyldInterim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose.
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OTTAWA — Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose is expected to resign her seat in the House of Commons this summer, sources confirmed Monday.

Ambrose is leaving politics to join the Washington-based Wilson Center as her party prepares to choose her successor, Bloomberg News reports.

Ambrose, 48, will serve as a visiting fellow at the non-partisan think tank’s Canada Institute, focusing on bilateral trade with the U.S. while based in Washington, according to a Wilson Center statement obtained by Bloomberg.

The appointment comes as President Donald Trump’s administration prepares to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which also includes Mexico.

“I’m proud to join the Canada Institute in order to promote policies that increase North American competitiveness and to continue my work advocating for greater trade liberalization between the United States and Canada,” Ambrose is quoted as saying in the statement.




The longtime Alberta MP has been serving as the temporary head of the party since the fall of 2015.

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Sources tell The Canadian Press she intends to make her future plans public in a farewell breakfast speech Tuesday morning, ahead of a planned tribute to her in the House of Commons.

She’ll also address Conservative members of Parliament and senators on Wednesday in their final caucus meeting before the new party leader is chosen.

Voting is currently underway, with the winner to be announced at a convention in Toronto on May 27, where Ambrose is also scheduled to speak.

Ambrose had always intended to stay on as an MP during the transition period, though she is already moving out of the of the Official Opposition leader’s residence of Stornoway.

She was first elected an MP in 2004 and served in several cabinet positions under former Conservative leader Stephen Harper.

But she raised her profile considerably as interim leader and is credited by many MPs and observers with changing the face of the party in the wake of its election defeat.

“Having an interim female leader has opened people’s eyes to the possibility of the Conservative party being something for them,” Lisa Raitt, one of two women in the current leadership race, said in an interview with The Canadian Press last week.

“We got a second look.”

A movement even sprang up to get her to stay on and run for the permanent position, though efforts to change the party’s constitution to allow for that ultimately failed.

Ambrose scored possibly her final victory as interim leader Monday, when the Liberal government decided to support her private member’s bill that would require judges to undergo comprehensive training in sexual assault law.

“I always enjoyed working with Rona Ambrose,” Bruce Heyman, the former U.S. ambassador to Canada, posted to Twitter on Monday.

“I wish her well.”

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rona Ambrose to resign as MP when House rises



Laura Payton, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer

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Published Tuesday, May 16, 2017 8:35AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, May 16, 2017 8:38AM EDT

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says she'll resign her seat in the House of Commons after it rises for the summer.

Ambrose called it an incredible pleasure and honour to have served the people in her riding.

"I feel a little lighter this morning," Ambrose joked, referring to the end of her time as interim leader.


Ambrose made the remarks in a speech to a business and political audience Tuesday morning in Ottawa. A number of Conservative parliamentarians were in attendance.

She didn't confirm her post-politics plan, although she is reportedly joining the Wilson Centre think tank in Washington.


http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics.....-1.3415525
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rona has done a terrific job in a thankless task. I don't know if she has refined any wisdom out of it Very likely.

She came into the cabinet as a bit of a protege of Stephen Harper, and ran into difficulty early. Since then, she was in the background, I think partially by choice I have the feeling that she leaves federal politics unfulfilled as a political figure.

She handled herself well as a Leader of the Opposition. The job comes with serious limitations simply because it is temporary. She couldn't really stake a party position on anything -- that has to be left to the new leader, it is felt. So she leads a party in a state of political stasis, as it reorganizes itself around new leadership. Not easy. She did is with grace.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Such a shame to lose her. She did struggle early but found her footing yet being in that lame duck position didnt help her any.

Sorry to such a class act go.
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After early cabinet stumbles, Rona Ambrose leaves on high note



Laura Payton, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer

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Published Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:56PM EDT


OTTAWA -- When Rona Ambrose emerged from a Conservative caucus meeting 18 months ago as the party’s new interim leader, the surrounding MPs chanted her name. Sort of. They mis-pronounced it Roh-na, like the hardware store, rather than Ron-na, like Donna.

They won’t get it wrong now.

She's leaving Parliament on a high note: Ambrose has guided the party's rebuilding after a crushing defeat at the polls, while avoiding any major missteps.


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Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose speaks in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (Fred Chartrand / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The Oct. 19, 2015 election was a dark day for a party that had been in power nearly 10 years. They lost 60 seats and got shut out of both Toronto and Atlantic Canada following a nasty campaign plagued with leaks and infighting. Worse, they lost to Justin Trudeau, the man they'd spent two years trying to paint as an intellectual lightweight.

Weeks later, the caucus elected Ambrose as interim leader -- a heavy counter-balance to Stephen Harper's cold aloofness. She promised to lead a strong opposition, but one that was "extremely constructive." She wouldn't say whether her selection marked a change in tone, but a number of re-elected MPs acknowledged they'd been too mean-spirited compared to Trudeau's "sunny ways" campaign.

An interim leader has to walk a fine line: she must hold the caucus together and maintain the support of party members, without setting major new policies the more permanent leader may change. Under Ambrose, the Official Opposition hewed closely to its traditional principles, keeping its focus on criticizing government spending, deficits and what it calls Liberal entitlement.

Conservative House leader Candice Bergen says Ambrose never treated the interim position as a placeholder.

"From the onset she gave everything to the role, and in doing so has led and unified a caucus and party through what many would acknowledge could have been a very difficult time," Bergen said in her tribute to Ambrose on Tuesday.

"All the while, she's consistently shown her sharp intelligence, keen sense of humour, and her genuine kindness and nurture."

The Conservatives will choose their next leader on May 27.

'Dark period'

Ambrose's success as the interim leader stands in contrast to an early failure in cabinet. After she'd spent a year-and-a-half as an opposition MP, Stephen Harper led the Conservatives to their 2006 election win. Ambrose was named environment minister, making her the youngest-ever female cabinet minister.

It was a challenging portfolio in a party skeptical about the impact of climate change and of the international agreements the preceding government signed. The Conservatives were met with serious criticism from environmental advocates. Ambrose was shuffled out of the file a year after taking it on, moving to the low-profile intergovernmental affairs role.

It was a difficult time for the former Alberta civil servant, long-time friend Michele Austin says.

"That was a particularly dark period for, but ... ultimately, even though it was awful, she has learned so much from it and become so much better by going through it," said Austin, who served as Ambrose's chief of staff from 2011 to 2013.

Eventually, Ambrose worked her way back to more prominent files. In 2010, she became the public works minister, which -- while less prominent outside Ottawa -- is the head of the department in charge of billions in government procurement. That file also included the massive national shipbuilding procurement strategy, a $38-billion project praised at the time for how the contracting was handled.

At the same time, Ambrose served as status of women minister -- another difficult portfolio in a Harper government. But she raised eyebrows when she voted in favour of a private member's motion to study when life begins, seen as a back-door way to re-open the abortion debate. She later said it was because she opposes sex-selective abortion.

Austin, chief of staff at the time, called it an awful night.

"These are the kinds of things that end up haunting you and your career," Austin said.

"That issue is silo'd as a social conservative, old-school issue because it's easy to paint her with that brush. There are just as many women who are interested in both sides of that debate.... She felt that Parliament was in a position to have a decent, constructive discussion about it, but it just became an overtly political issue as it always does and she ended up vilified for it."

In 2013, Ambrose became health minister. There she butted heads with health experts for opposing safe-injection sites, and criticized her own department for approving prescription heroin for some addicts, despite evidence the programs saved lives.

The Liberal government changed course on both measures, allowing for new safe-injection sites and overturning a ban on doctors prescribing pharmaceutical-grade heroin.

'They have what it takes'

MPs focused in their tributes on Ambrose's work on women's rights, and her collegiality. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May credited Ambrose for being likeable even when the two discussed the Conservatives' position on the Kyoto Protocol.

Austin says Ambrose fought hard at the cabinet table to improve the number of women getting federal appointments, particularly on the bench in Alberta (something another former Conservative official confirmed).

"She never went in with numbers. She never said we need to have 15 men and 15 women. She just asked the question, 'Where are the women,’" Austin said.

Ambrose spoke proudly of her work on women's issues during her final speech in Ottawa Tuesday morning. She noted the party's efforts to raise awareness about the number of Yazidi women forced into sexual slavery, as well as her work spearheading the UN declaration of the International Day of the Girl.

Ambrose says she plans to stay involved in politics. She promised to lead the charge to encourage more women to run for the Conservative Party, whose candidate roster in 2015 was 80 per cent men.

"Our caucus and our party is stronger with capable, strong, talented women on our team," Ambrose said in her speech to the Canadian Club of Ottawa Tuesday morning, singling out Bergen, leadership candidate Lisa Raitt and infrastructure critic Dianne Watts, among others.

"They're amazing leaders. But I want to make an important point. I didn't elevate them to fill a quota," she added.

"They have what it takes to compete. In fact, all of the women in Parliament do."

Ambrose said she's incredibly optimistic about the party's future.

"We are strong, focused and united. And there was no guarantee that it would be this way. And now we have clearly shown that Justin Trudeau can be beaten in 2019."

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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rona Ambrose to join Washington think tank



Laura Payton, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer

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Published Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:11AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:16AM EDT

OTTAWA -- Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose will take on a new role at a Washington, D.C. think tank after leaving the House of Commons at the end of the June, capping off a 13-year career in federal politics.

The fellowship at the Wilson Center's Canada Institute was announced Tuesday morning. Ambrose will work out of the institute's D.C. office on Canada-U.S. trade issues.

"Ambrose will lead the Institute's efforts to convene U.S. and Canadian officials to explore the benefits of an integrated and competitive North American economy that is focused on job creation and prosperity," according to the release.


Previous fellows at the institute include Gary Doer, former Canadian Ambassador to the United States, who currently co-chairs the institute's advisory board, and Jim Prentice, a former Conservative environment minister.

David Jacobson, former U.S. ambassador to Canada, said in the news release that Ambrose "played an integral role in increasing our countries bilateral trade relationship," arguing "persuasively in favor of open markets and freer trade between our two great nations."

Ambrose said she's proud to join the institute "in order to promote policies that increase North American competitiveness and to continue my work advocating for greater trade liberalization between the United States and Canada."


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