Stephen Harper at billionaire Sheldon Adelson Vegas party gives sage advice - 2016-04-12
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with Republican kingmaker and donor Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas last week, according to news reports. Harper reportedly gave advice on how to mend party divisions, as the Republican Party grapples with the possibility of Donald Trump becoming its official candidate in the 2016 election.
Politico reported: "On Thursday evening, Adelson hosted some of the organization's top officials at his palatial mansion. While former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper discussed how fractured parties can unite, Adelson listened but said little, according to three people who were present."
Although Politico reported that Harper was speaking about how to manage divided parties (which he successfully did in Canada by uniting the Reform and Progressive Conservatives in 2003), his spokesperson Anna Tomala told Huffington Post Quebec that the former prime minister's presence at Adelson's house should be viewed "exclusively as an expression of his continuing support for Israel." The meeting was part of the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring meeting.