A Canadian political heavyweight has decided not to make a run for the leadership of the federal Conservatives.
This decision comes from former cabinet minister Peter MacKay.
“After much soul searching… weighing of the impact on my young family, I have decided not to seek the leadership of the Party.”
Now is working as a lawyer in Toronto, MacKay says the needs of his young family are his first priority and it would be asking too much of them to jump back into politics.
He and wife Nazanin have two children, three-year-old Kian and 11-month-old Valentia.
MacKay said his decision came only after a summer of talking with friends and colleagues, and that it was an enormous decision to make.
MacKay said back in May he would keep his options open in terms of running for leadership following Stephen Harper’s departure.