Long-time Conservative political star Peter MacKay is in, so let’s see what happens next in the race to succeed the mostly unlamented Andrew Scheer as leader of Canada’s official opposition.
MacKay, who served Parliament from 1997 to 2015 and held top portfolios in cabinets headed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, made the announcement on Twitter.
“I’m in. Stay Tuned.” he tweeted.
The 54-year-old MacKay, who has been working as a lawyer in Toronto, is expected to formally launch his campaign next week in his home province of Nova Scotia.
Pundits say the field will likely expand in the near future with former Tory cabinet ministers Erin O’Toole and Pierre Polievre expected to declare soon.
Charest has apparently run afoul of Harper, who suddenly resigned this week from the board of the Conservative Party of Canada’s fundraising arm, a move, some pundits say, that is aimed at bringing any Charest campaign to a halt.
Meanwhile, CBC News says that Ambrose supporters this week presented her with an assessment of her chances.
CBC News’ Catherine Cullen writes that multiple sources have told CBC reporters that Ambrose is still considering her options and will make a decision soon.
MacKay was the last leader of the Progressive Conservatives before it merged with the Canadian Alliance to form the the current Conservative Party in 2003.
He was a cabinet minister under Harper for nearly 10 years, holding top portfolios that included foreign affairs, defence and justice.
With files from CBC (Catherine Cullen), Huffington Post (Ryan Maloney), CP