The Conservative caucus met today for the first time after the general election, and voted Rona Ambrose as their interim leader. “I’m extremely proud to be leader of the Opposition,” said the Alberta MP and former health minister.
Ambrose, 46, said the Conservative caucus has deep experience and diverse talent and will hold the new Liberal government to account while being “extremely constructive.” She congratulated the Liberals on their successful campaign.
The interim leader was chosen following voting under a preferential ballot process. MPs decided earlier in the day that Conservative senators could take part in the vote. As interim leader, Ambrose will not likely be eligible to run for the permanent job, but the rules around a leadership contest are not expected to come before January.