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Doer’s post ending

WASHINGTON—It’s the end of an era for Canada’s most important diplomatic post as Gary Doer confirmed yesterday that his longer-than-usual stint as ambassador to the United States is about to conclude.

The popular former premier said he’ll help prepare the transition to a new Liberal government and will leave it to the incoming government to pick the specific departure date.

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.