Rona Ambrose has been chosen by her fellow party members as the interim leader of the new Conservative party. Ambrose, a very experienced Minister who held the portfolios of Environment, Public Works, and Health during her time in the Conservative Cabinet, was at times impeded by an Opposition that often opposed for the sake of being combative.
Opposition vows to be "constructive"
In her new capacity, Ambrose vows to change the tone of the Opposition, reverting to the original intent of the role of the "Loyal Opposition" which was to hold the government to account and ask the hard questions – not the uninformed and inflammatory questions designed to impede progress and guarantee headlines, which have become the norm in both Canada and the USA.
Ambrose is quoted as saying that her party is going to hold the government accountable, "but be extremely constructive," as she rebuilds the party with this refreshing message.
This, in fact, is an excellent response to a FrontLine editorial earlier this year, which looked at the question of whether the Loyal Opposition had lost sight of its noble purpose of responsible oversight.
Let's hope this is a true and sustainable focus on governmental progress for the Canadian people.