by Morinville News Staff

A few weeks after receiving 70.2 per cent of the vote in the Sturgeon River-Parkland election race, Conservative MP Rona Ambrose received the nod to serve the Conservative Party of Canada as Interim Leader.

Ambrose was first elected to Parliament in the 2004 federal election and served as Minister of Health in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government before the fall general election.

The Alberta MP was one of eight seeking the nod Thursday afternoon. Other candidates included fellow Alberta MPs Mike Lake and Michelle Rempel, and Ontario MPS Diane Finley, Rob Nicholson, and Erin O’Toole. Denis Lebel from Quebec and Candice Bergen from Manitoba were also seeking the post.

Ambrose will now lead the opposition Conservative Party and their 99 seats when the House returns to work in early December.

The Interim Conservative Leader said she was looking forward to moving a strong opposition ahead, one she sees as the “strongest Canadians have ever seen.”

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