Canada Conservatives Choose Rona Ambrose as Interim Leader

After the election defeat of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada’s Conservative Party has chosen Rona Ambrose as its interim leader.

Ambrose, 46, was elected during a Conservative caucus meeting in Ottawa on Thursday. Like Harper, she represents a district in the oil-producing province of Alberta.

“I’m excited that we are going to be moving forward with a strong opposition with confidence and optimism,” Ambrose told reporters.

Ambrose was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and has held several cabinet portfolios, including health, labor, public works and environment.

The Conservatives won 99 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons on the Oct. 19 election, and will spend the next four years as the official opposition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government.

Ambrose is a temporary steward after Harper’s departure, and the party hasn’t yet announced details of the process for selecting a permanent leader.

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