Progressive Conservative political pioneer Flora MacDonald will be laid to rest this weekend but Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not be there.
The Prime Minister’s Office says Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch will attend MacDonald’s funeral Sunday as a representative of the government.
Harper’s absence and his bare mention of the passing of the country’s first female foreign minister could be viewed as further proof of a growing divide in the Conservative camp between the so-called Red Tories and the Harperite offspring of the Reform Party.
“I’m not an expert in the Conservative Party family but I think there seems to be a rift between some of the folks who might traditionally consider themselves Red Tories, or Progressive Conservatives, and Mr. Harper’s preferred ilk of Conservative, which is perhaps more Reform-minded,” says Ian Capstick, managing partner of MediaStyle and a regular political commentator on CBC’s Power & Politics program.
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