It's Stephen Harper's party - and he'll do what he wants to - 2020-01-23
This column is an opinion by Kory Teneycke, a former director of communications for prime minister Stephen Harper, manager of the recent Ontario PC Party campaign, and currently a partner at Rubicon Strategy. Teneycke will remain neutral in the federal Conservative leadership campaign and has recused himself from work Rubicon is providing for the MacKay campaign. For more information about CBC's Opinion section, please see the FAQ.
Even five years after his defeat, the presence of Stephen Harper still defines the Conservative Party of Canada.
In any other party it would be a bit odd for a past leader to be so dominant in the race to replace his successor's successor. But not in this one.