HARPER CAUCUS

AP

Why Harper Should Hug His Backbenchers Tight

It appears that backbenchers are starting to play a bigger and bigger role, albeit confidentially. Some senior Conservatives are warning Harper to replace House Leader Peter Van Loan and Government Whip Gordon O'Connor; if not, more Tory MPs will defect. Should 10 Conservative MPs leave the caucus, the Conservatives will be reduced to a minority.