Things, it would appear, are opening up for Peter MacKay in his bid to succeed Andrew Scheer as the leader of Canada’s official opposition Conservative Party.
The winner won’t be announced until June 27 at a party convention in Toronto, but on Wednesday–for the second time this week–a potential competitor with a national profile and some decent political chops said thanks but no thanks.
It was the party’s former interim leader, Rona Ambrose.
Ambrose’s announcement follows former Quebec premier Jean Charest’s announcement on Tuesday that he was dropping out of a race for which he never officially declared.
Ambrose’s announcement left Sloan, an avowed social conservative, a little short on the kind of publicity he might have wished for, but he’s nothing if not confident.
“I would say the playing field would be almost level at this point,” he told the CBC’s Catherine Cullen.
Hannah Thibedeau reports that Edmonton-based venture capitalist Rick Peterson filed his papers with the party on Tuesday and his team is now collecting the 1,000 signatures from Conservative members he needs to enter the race by the Feb. 27 deadline.
“We cannot have a Conservative leadership race without a voice from the West,” Peterson told Thibedeau.
This is Peterson’s second crack at the title.
In 2017, he placed 12th in the 14-person race.
Peterson will formally announce his candidacy next week.
That leaves MacKay looking good.
At least at the moment.
With files from CBC (Hannah Thibedeau, Catherine Cullen), CP