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O’Toole eyes Tory interim leadership

OTTAWA—The race to become the Conservative party’s caretaker for the next few months is becoming more competitive, with MP and former cabinet minister Erin O’Toole announcing his candidacy for interim leadership.

But uncertainty still hovers over the process to replace Stephen Harper and there are tensions over perceived meddling by the outgoing leader’s aides.

Duceppe steps down

MONTREAL—Gilles Duceppe, the Bloc Quebecois’ first-ever MP and the man who dominated the party for nearly 15 years, stepped down as leader yesterday after a less-than-stellar performance in this week’s election.

Duceppe’s departure comes four months into his second spell as head of the sovereigntist party following a 14-year stint between 1997 and 2011.