Former prime minister Stephen Harper will be stepping down from his job as an MP before the fall session of Parliament kicks off.
Global News has confirmed a report initially published in the Globe and Mail on Wednesday morning indicating that Harper intends to leave politics sometime over the summer.
He remained in office following the Conservative loss in last year’s federal election, and has attended a majority of votes in the House since then. Harper was replaced on an interim basis by Rona Ambrose, and the party is expected to select a new leader in spring 2017.
Harper has not spoken in the House of Commons since he was prime minister, and has not granted any media interviews since the election. He typically enters and leaves Parliament Hill’s Centre Block through a back door.
Harper’s future could include work on a number of boards or he may set up his own institute, according to the Globe and Mail report. His priorities will reportedly be in areas like global free trade.
By Monique Muise, National Online Journalist, Politics – Global News