The 24-year-old is working in the workplace of Premier Jason Kenney, after holding a pair of totally different roles in the UCP authorities
Add yet one more to the lengthy Canadian listing of political offspring who comply with their dad and mom into authorities life. Ben Harper, the eldest baby of former prime minister Stephen Harper, is now an aide in Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s workplace, Maclean’s has confirmed.
The 24-year-old had in truth been quietly working in the Alberta legislature since June, briefly holding aide positions in the workplaces of Alberta’s finance minister and financial improvement minister earlier than Kenney employed him to the premier’s group final month, spokeswoman Christine Myatt wrote in an e mail Thursday. Alberta’s authorities listing lists Harper because the junior of two coverage advisors to Kenney.
Harper is serving on Kenney’s political employees whereas additionally remotely finishing his second 12 months of a grasp’s diploma in economics at Columbia University, a program for which he moved to New York final fall.
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It’s not clear if the previous prime minister’s son has plans to hunt elected workplace; he has not spoken publicly about his political ambitions. He couldn’t instantly be reached for remark for this story. But there’s a lengthy historical past in Canada of senior politicians begetting extra politicians, together with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, son of former PM Pierre Trudeau. Brian Mulroney’s oldest daughter, Caroline, is Ontario’s transportation minister underneath Premier Doug Ford, who himself is the son of a former MPP. Former Alberta premier Rachel Notley’s dad was a longtime NDP chief in the province. Preston Manning, Jack Layton—an inventory may fill this complete web page.
Kenney is acquainted each with the Harpers, and with working his method up beneath the attention of an approving chief. He served as parliamentary secretary after which as a cupboard minister in numerous portfolios all through the previous PM’s nine-year tenure, throughout which the Harpers—Stephen, his spouse Laureen and their youngsters Ben and Rachel—lived at 24 Sussex.
Ben was final in the general public eye throughout the 2015 election, when he and his sister toured extensively with the Conservative chief’s marketing campaign, which his get together misplaced to the Liberals and Justin Trudeau. The then-teenager was stated to pitch in with recommendation, and was current throughout his father’s debate prep.
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Ben apparently additionally shares his father keenness to debate authorities funds: 4 years in the past, as an undergrad at Queen’s University, he co-wrote an Ottawa Citizen opinion piece on the perils of massive deficits. The article referred to a number of previous Canadian prime ministers, however not the one he’s associated to.
“My relationship with my son is with another adult,” Stephen Harper informed Today’s Parent in 2015. “And actually, to be frank about it, he’s actually a good source of advice. I think he’s wise beyond his years. Or maybe I’m not as wise as I think because he seems smarter than me on some of these things.” The former chief has since moved again to Calgary, the place he runs the enterprise consultancy Harper & Associates.
Ben Harper’s wage falls under the $111,395 degree that requires or not it’s publicly disclosed, Myatt stated.