Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Conservatives in Calgary-Heritage Choose Candidate to Replace Stephen Harper

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Conservatives in Calgary-Heritage Choose Candidate to Replace Stephen Harper

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Calgary Conservatives pick Harper replacement

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CALGARY - Conservatives in Stephen Harper's former constituency in Calgary have chosen a new candidate to represent their party.

Businessman Bob Benzen beat out two other candidates to win the nomination for Calgary-Heritage on Saturday.

The riding is currently unrepresented following Harper's resignation in August.

A byelection has not yet been called.

Benzen paid tribute to Harper in a speech after his second-ballot win was announced, and credited the former prime minister for creating the Conservative party as it exists today.

He called it an honour to succeed Harper as the riding's candidate.

"His whole decade of excellence was incredible and I'd really like to thank him for his 10 years of excellence as prime minister and all the years he was an MP for us," Benzen told party members after voting took place at Henry Wise Wood High School. …

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