The field of candidates vying to replace Stephen Harper as the leader of the federal Conservative Party of Canada just got a little bit thinner.
Former cabinet minister and Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement has pulled the plug on his bid for the party’s top job, and the title of Leader of the Opposition.
In a video posted to Facebook this morning, Clement says he made the decision to spare his family from financial risk, after his campaign failed to meet targets he’d set for this fall.
“Certainly we worked very hard to meet those goals financial and otherwise. Unfortunately upon review I’ve come to the conclusion that we really haven’t met the goals as I had wanted to.”
Clement held several portfolios in Harper’s cabinet, including Minister of Health and Minister of Industry.
The Conservatives hold their leadership convention on May 27th, 2017, and are currently headed by interim leader Rona Ambrose after Prime Minister Stephen Harper stepped down in the wake of his 2015 electoral defeat.
Top contenders for the job now include Quebec MP and former Foreign Affairs and Industry Minister Maxime Bernier, Ontario MP and former Minister of Sport Michael Chong, Ontario MP and former Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The opposition NDP are also mid-leadership campaign, with a vote slated for October next year, however no formal candidates currently have their hat in the ring.