Sad news: Canada’s Stephen Harper, former PM, resigns his seat in Parliament

Sad news: Canada’s Stephen Harper, former PM, resigns his seat in Parliament
(Image: Office of Stephen Harper via Twitter)

[Ed. – Harper was a steady, even noble presence at the helm for quite a few years.  We wish him all the best.  He will be missed.]

Harper, 57, announced his resignation Friday as MP for Calgary Heritage, officially ending a political career that spanned more than two decades, including nearly 10 years as prime minster and almost 18 years in the House of Commons.

But he’s quickly transitioning into a series of new business ventures that will see the former prime minister put his economic expertise and vast network of global contacts to good use.

Harper will travel around the world advising corporate clients in regions like Europe, Asia and the Middle East on market access, as well as political, economic and security risks, according to a source close to the former prime minister who’s familiar with his plans. …

An icon and political giant of the modern-day Conservative movement, Harper said it has been a “tremendous honour” representing Calgary in Parliament and thanked voters for electing him seven times to the House of Commons.

“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,” Harper said in his video and statement, trumpeting that, “We united all Conservatives behind our agenda.”

He highlighted his Conservative government’s efforts to cut taxes, balance the federal budget, crack down on crime, shepherd the economy through the global economic downturn and take “principled decisions” on foreign policy.

“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,” Harper added.

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