“He doesn’t want Charest to become leader,” said an associate of Harper’s. “It’s not personal, he just doesn’t think Charest is the right guy to lead the party.”
Others cautioned against putting too much credence in the Maclean’s story, noting that Harper is known for being a strategist and a calculating individual not known to make overly-emotional decisions.
“To suggest that Harper is leaving the fund to campaign against Charest is ridiculous,” said a senior Conservative source. “It’s more likely that Harper believes that Irving Gerstein is driving the fund into the ground.”