Rona Ambrose Contrasts Laureen Harper with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau

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Rona Ambrose Contrasts Laureen Harper with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau


Smith, Joanna, The Canadian Press


Conservatives contrast style of PM's wives

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OTTAWA - Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose is praising the quiet style of her friend Laureen Harper, saying she preferred to stay in the background.

"She doesn't maintain or want a splashy public persona," Ambrose said in a speech to the Conservative party convention Thursday night as she introduced the wife of former prime minister Stephen Harper.

"The work that she does for Canada, she does quietly," Ambrose said. "Not for the cameras, but for the cause."

Ambrose never mentioned Sophie Gregoire Trudeau by name, but her tribute was seen as a thinly veiled critique of the high-profile wife of current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is becoming something of a fashion icon and is highly sought after as a speaker in both English and French.

Conservatives and New Democrats have been attacking the Liberals in recent weeks after Gregoire Trudeau asked for extra staff to help her manage the high volume of requests she gets for charity work and public appearances.

They say her request shows the prime minister's family is out of touch with regular Canadians. Gregoire Trudeau has an assistant, a chef, an official residence and two nannies to help care for the three young children.

They also question why taxpayers, instead of the Liberal party, should pick up the tab when the spouse of the prime minister -- unlike U.S. president's wife, the so-called first lady -- has no officially defined role.

Political marketing expert Alex Marland said he would "respectfully disagree" with the characterization that Laureen Harper played only a behind-the-scenes role, as she grew her profile over the decade her husband was in power.

"My sense was Conservatives marketers realized that she was an asset, that she really would provide a soft edge to the hard edge that her husband had," said Marland, a political science professor at Memorial University in St. John's.

Some of the 24/Seven videos -- promotional videos produced by Stephen Harper's office which opposition critics characterized as taxpayer-funded propaganda -- featured Laureen Harper doing things like bringing her husband a birthday cake or taking students on a tour of Parliament Hill.

Those 2014 appearances came not long after the Toronto Star reported on a leaked Conservative party presentation on election strategy that included talk of leveraging her popularity. …

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