MacKay Will Not Seek Conservative Leadership
Former cabinet minister and Nova Scotia M-P Peter MacKay says he will not run for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.
MacKay says he chose not to run for some of the same reasons he decided not to re-offer as an M-P in last fall’s election.
He adds the affect of his leadership bid on his young family is one of the main factors.
MacKay is now working as a lawyer in Toronto.
The news comes as the Conservative caucus gathers in Halifax today for a late summer retreat.
So far, Conservative MP’s Maxime Bernier, Michael Chong, Tony Clement, Kellie Leitch and Deepak Obhrai have officially registered as candidates in the leadership race.
Whitney Pier native Lisa Raitt and former cabinet minister Erin O’Toole have also shown interest in running for the top job.