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Stephen Harper To Move Back To Calgary Following Election Defeat

10/27/2015 04:32 EDT | Updated 10/27/2016 05:12 EDT
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Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, Canada's prime minister, attends a news conference where he conceded victory on election day in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has swept into office with a surprise majority, ousting Prime Minister Stephen Harper and capping the biggest comeback election victory in Canadian history. Photographer: Ben Nelms/Bloomerg

Outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper, his wife, Laureen, and daughter, Rachel, will be moving back to Calgary, CBC News has learned.

Harper's son, Ben, will stay in Ontario while attending Queen's University in Kingston.

Harper's Conservatives were demoted to Opposition ranks following a Liberal majority win in last Monday's general election.

Harper, who was elected in the Alberta riding of Calgary Heritage, has resigned as Conservative Party leader but will remain as an MP for now and commute to Ottawa from Calgary.

Conservatives will gather in Ottawa next week, a day after prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau appoints a new cabinet.

It is unclear at this point whether Harper will attend his party's caucus meeting.

He is expected to keep a low profile.

While Harper has not spoken publicly since he gave his concession speech in Calgary last Monday, he attended a public ceremony alongside prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau in Ottawa last week.

The two men put their political differences aside to commemorate the lives of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, the two Canadian soldiers who were killed in separate attacks on Parliament Hill and in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., last October.

Harper stood side-by-side with Trudeau as the two laid a wreath at the National War Memorial.

He was also seen briefly leaving his office at the Langevin Block in Ottawa following a meeting with Trudeau, which the Liberal Party described as "positive" and "very generous."

This election marked a shift for Harper, who had in the past kept his children out of the public spotlight.

Unlike during past election campaigns, Ben and Rachel were seen front and centre at some of the Conservative leader's announcements and fundraising events.

Some party supporters attended campaign events just to get a peek at the young Harpers.

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