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Canada's Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa October 22, 2012.
Canada's Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa October 22, 2012.
(CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

John Ibbitson

Departure of Ted Menzies won’t spell the end of the Tory tradition in Ottawa

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In the 2004 election campaign, Joe Clark singled out Ted Menzies as one of the few Conservative candidates the former Progressive Conservative leader was willing to support. But given Mr. Clark’s loathing of the new Conservative Party and its leader, Stephen Harper, Mr. Menzies declined the offer, and won the riding of Macleod on his own.