A statement was released this morning announcing that former prime minister Stephen Harper has stepped down as a member of parliament.
It was about 10 months ago when Harper’s Tory party lost the federal election and he stepped down as party leader. Since then, Harper and his wife Laureen have been living in the Calgary area.
Harper was first elected as an MP for the Reform Party in 1993 and became the first leader of the Conservative Party ten years later.
The 57-year old is expected to join two of his former top advisers to consult on international issues.
You can read the full statement below:
“Today I wish to inform you that I am stepping down as the Member of Parliament for Calgary Heritage.
For a total of nearly eighteen years, I have had the tremendous honour of representing Calgary in the Parliament of Canada. On seven occasions, I have been deeply humbled by your trust and support, time and again. And I leave elected office proud of what our team accomplished together.
We united all Conservatives behind our agenda. We cut taxes, made critical investments and balanced the national budget. We got tough on crime and put families first. We managed our G7 economy through the worst global recession since the Great Depression, and came out in the strongest position of them all. We took principled decisions in a complex and dangerous world. And, whether at home or abroad, we were always proud to stand up for Canada.
Friends, we did a lot together, but I know the best is yet to come.
Our country must continue to serve as a model of prosperity and freedom. Pursue the principles we have stood for at home and abroad, and our children, and children’s children, will inherit the Canada we know and love so dearly.
As I bid farewell to the Parliament of Canada, and prepare for the next chapter of my life, my eternal thanks to the constituents of Calgary Heritage, to the members of the Conservative Party, and to all Canadians for having given me the honour of serving the best country in the world.
May God bless all of you and may God bless Canada.” (bw)