Peter MacKay says he will not run in the next federal election.
The well-known former Nova Scotia MP had left elected office in 2015 after years as a senior cabinet minister in Stephen Harper’s government. He returned to practice as a lawyer and then, earlier this year, announced he would run for the leadership of the Conservative Party. He came in second.
He and his family – wife Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay and three children – moved back to his N.S. home from Toronto in September, and Mr. MacKay seemed poised to run again for his former Central Nova seat, now held by Liberal Sean Fraser.
But in a statement released today, Mr. MacKay, who still has a substantial campaign debt, said he continues to support the Conservatives but will not run again.
“After spending almost nine months as a leadership candidate in the middle of this pandemic, much of it away from my family and full-time job, my focus must be to return to both," Mr. MacKay said in the statement.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said he spoke to Mr. MacKay and wished him well.
“Peter’s devotion to the Conservative Party, which he co-founded, is strong and I am grateful for his support as we work together to win the next election,” Mr. O’Toole said in a statement.
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