Ex-PM Stephen Harper ‘quits Canada politics’

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a press conference at the end of the G8 summit at the Lough Erne resort near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland on June 18, 2013. G8 leaders strongly endorsed calls for a peace conference to be held in Geneva on the Syria conflict "as soon as possible". AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper is to give up his seat as an MP and leave Canadian politics to focus on his businesses, according to reports.

The news comes 10 months after Mr Harper lost the election to Justin Trudeau and then resigned as Conservative leader.

The 57-year-old will reportedly make the announcement later on Friday.

He was first elected as a Reform MP in 1993 and later led the Conservative Party to three election victories.

After giving up his seat in Calgary, Mr Harper will work on his consulting, with the intention of launching a firm in Calgary which will focus on international issues, according to Bloomberg.

 

Source: BBC