Former Conservative PMs tell Ambrose to lay out bigger welcome mat

OTTAWA — Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose has been seeking advice from former Tory prime ministers, who told her the party should be making sure Progressive Conservatives feel welcome.

In the past few weeks, Ambrose has spoken to Brian Mulroney, Joe Clark and Kim Campbell, and to former Reform Party leader Preston Manning. All agreed that the party shouldn’t rush a leadership race, she said in an interview.


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  • The Butterfly

    Why can’t Joe Clark be dead yet?

    • I honestly couldn’t have told you whether he was or wasn’t.

      • He is technically speaking no longer a human life form.

        • Was he ever, though?

          (I mean, honestly, I can’t be expected to know everything.)

          • simus1

            Joe was one of those blessed individuals who to sum up:
            If the situation required him to cross a “one hectar” pasture from one side to the other and there were six fresh widely scattered cow flops therein, he would somehow manage to step into all of them – while wearing a new pair of shoes.

          • So, wait, is he dead? Or still amongst the vibrant? I can’t keep up.

            Actually, forget it, I don’t care.

          • simus1

            Moi, aussi.

    • Yusuf_al_Kafir



      Yusuf al-Kafir
      (Real name: Joe Clark)

  • simus1

    Three sellouts and a partridge in a pear tree.
    And lets not have any wild talk about globull warming being the world’s biggest ripoff tax scheme ever invented since time began..

    • That’s heresy!

      • Exile1981

        no thats their plan.

    • El Martyachi


    • mobuyus

      As a Carpenter the only employment I will find will be making barrels for people to wear on their trips down to the local office’s of the Peoples Militia.

      • El Martyachi
        • mobuyus

          Yes I could build these. Post and beam construction, joinery to some. I would like to build them in series to get costs down and productivity up. My only fear would be that some overzealous citizens armed with faster implements would deprive me of my end user clientele.

  • irishrus

    there’s a plan…. take collective advice from has beens and losers

  • Chris

    Mike Harris for Conservative leader! If for no other reason than to see every lefty head in Toronto explode.

    • simus1

      An up to date Maggy Thatcher type would suffice.

  • Alain

    Following that advice is the best way to kill the party, and anyone giving it or taking it ignores a not too distant history.

  • Clear Thinker

    I would take advice from Mr. Mulroney if he would only admit that he is and was the biggest lever mover in Canada from behind the scenes and in secret. Be proud of what you did, have at it boyo.

  • tom_billesley

    O/T “Twenty victim shooting incident” at social services facility in San Bernardino, California.

  • New Centurion

    How about more “conservative” less “progressive”.

  • Jay Currie

    I though Rona was in Paris saving the world. What a dimwit.

    I suspect there will be a “progressive” push to bring the Conservative party back to its “progressive” roots – which it never was more than a foot away from during Steve’s unfortunate tenure.

    This needs to be resisted but the question is by whom? Wall is a possibility. My own choice would be Maxime Bernier assuming that he has put the big boobed Hells Angels babe behind him. Not just conservative, libertarian.

  • BradThomas

    If the PCs wish to contest the “center” (actually, the left of center since they already were pretty middle of the spectrum under Harper, socially and fiscally) with the Libs and NDP, then have at it. But they’ll lose my support in the process, and that of many other conservatives, no doubt.

    Someone has to represent our views and if they won’t do it, then perhaps a new party will.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    So, the Conservatives lost six percent of the vote in the last election and everyone wants to become a socialist?
    To hell with Manning, Campbell and Clark.
    Especially Clark.
    Mulroney’s only fault in my eyes is that he was too chickenshit to take on Chretien and gave us the tone deaf witch.

  • kkruger71

    Still say they should be visibly progressive and policy conservative by having a strongly right-wing female leader. Not a Sarah Palin type, but like a young Deb Grey. Have not seen enough of her to have a strong opinion, but Michelle Rempel looks like an interesting option.