BuzzFeed Canada is able to confirm a Globe and Mail report that Stephen Harper plans to retire from the House of Commons sometime before the fall.
Harper's plan was always to step down this summer, says a person who knows him.
He's been mostly invisible since his nine-year run as prime minister ended last October in an election defeat to Justin Trudeau's Liberals.
Harper has refused all media interviews since and has not said a single word in the House of Commons, though he does regularly show up for votes.
The Globe's Robert Fife reports that Harper is considering setting up his own international institute.