Zimmer Bids Farewell to Ambrose, the ‘Compassionate Conservative’
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies Conservative MP Bob Zimmer has reacted to interim Conservative Party of Canada Leader Rona Ambrose’s decision to resign her leadership and seat in the House of Commons once MPs break for summer next month.
Ambrose went public with the news in Ottawa this morning. She succeeded Stephen Harper as leader in 2015 and was first elected to the House of Commons as an Alberta MP back in 2004.
“It’s sad. I was one of the guys that tried to convince her to stay as our permanent leader,” he tells 250News. “She’s just been great for us and like I’ve said many times she’s shown that compassionate conservative side of us.”
Zimmer says it’s that “compassionate” brand of conservatism he’ll remember most about her – something he says she demonstrated in many of the ministries she led before taking on the party leadership.
So, how else will he remember her?
“I think we’ve been an effective opposition,” he says.“She’s also one of the party leaders around this place you can just talk to. Where I sat in the House for a little while she’d walk by every day and you just chatted a little bit every time. So, you get to know them as real people and I think I’ll miss that real person most of all.”
Looking ahead to the party leadership vote May 27, Zimmer says he’s still backing Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer.
“I’m looking at him to continue that run, a continuation of Rona’s compassionate conservatism, that has been established.”