Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper would step down after losing legislative elections to the Liberals headed by Justin Trudeau, it had been declared on Monday.
Party president John Walsh said in a statement that Harper had instructed him to “reach out to the recently elected parliamentary caucus to make an interim leader” and to begin a process of picking out a new leader. Harper directed three successive authorities before he was conquered in a come-from-behind Liberal landslide on Monday.
An economist seen as at home, awkward and prickly ploughing than glad-handing voters Harper had managed since taking office, to smooth his image. But his popularity sank to an all-time low ahead of the latest vote.