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Conservatives Say Goodbye To MP Stephen Harper After Disastrous Election

VANCOUVER – Thousands of Conservatives bid farewell to former leader Stephen Harper Thursday night after he led the party to a crushing defeat last October with his divisive agenda.

The first full day of the Tories’ convention on Friday saw intensive debate on issues ranging from whether to drop the current policy opposing same sex marriage to retooling the way the party itself is run.

There was also a session on what exactly happened last fall when the Tories saw themselves reduced to Opposition after a gruelling 11-week election campaign.

Harper noted the strong work of the Conservative Fund in his remarks, lauding its efforts to focus on raising money from the grassroots, reported News 1130.

But among the issues party members are looking to hash out is how that money is managed, with some grumbling about a lack of oversight and not enough money being sent to riding associations.

While the political shop talk is the reason for the three-day convention, it’s also a place for leadership hopefuls to start amassing support for their own gruelling campaigns.

The vote for who will replace interim leader Rona Ambrose is set for 2017 and there are already three candidates officially in the race. But several others are thinking about joining them and many are making the rounds of the convention floor.

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