Stephen Harper resigns from the Conservative Fund board to block Jean Charest - 2020-01-15
Former prime minister Stephen Harper has suddenly resigned from the board of the Conservative Party of Canada's fundraising arm, as the party descends into organizational chaos and bitter recrimination in the first week of its leadership campaign.
And since the first version of this article was posted, two top Conservative sources have told Maclean's that Harper's main goal in resigning is to free himself up to block Jean Charest's campaign for the party leadership.
Charest, the former Quebec premier who was Progressive Conservative party leader from 1993 to 1998, called Harper before Christmas to seek his blessing for a run, a source with knowledge of the situation said. Harper refused to give it, saying the party is no longer the party Charest led. As it becomes increasingly clear that Charest is serious about a run, Harper has decided to become directly involved in the campaign, sources said.