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Conservative leadership race: Former PM Stephen Harper endorses Pierre Poilievre

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Former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper has endorsed Pierre Poilievre to be the party’s next leader.

In a rare public return to party politics, Harper released a short video on Twitter discussing his endorsement.

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Harper says the contest to lead the party is filled with candidates, but one stands out.

The former prime minister says Poilievre served as a strong minister under him when the Conservatives were last in power, before being defeated by Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2015.

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Harper says Poilievre spent the past few years in opposition being the party’s “most vocal and effective critic” of the government.

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He says Poilievre has talked about pressing economic issues like debt and inflation, and presented solutions that are “rooted in sound Conservative ideas.”

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