MPP Lisa MacLeod has ended the guessing game, announcing Tuesday morning she won’t seek the federal PC nomination in Nepean.
"After having been re-elected for a fourth time this past June and recently ending a leadership run for the Ontario PC Party, I want the constituents of Nepean-Carleton to know I intend to honour my commitment to complete this four-year mandate and help Christine Elliott form a Progressive Conservative government in 2018," MacLeod wrote in a news release.
MacLeod cited her daughter Victoria as one of the key reasons for staying out of the race.
"While I appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of encouragement from community leaders and my constituents in Nepean to consider a run for federal Parliament, early last week Joe and I ruled that out as a realistic option for us. We have been in constant campaign mode for close to five years. Our nine-year-old daughter Victoria deserves a break from door knocking, phone calls and late night campaign meetings."
The opening for a Progressive Conservative candidate was prompted by the sudden resignation of John Baird, who had planned on running in the new riding of Nepean.
He represents Ottawa West-Nepean, but with the new riding of Nepean being created, Baird had opted to change ridings.
His surprise announcement that he was resigning as foreign affairs minister and leaving federal politics altogether had the political rumour machine running wild.
MacLeod said she was deluged with calls from her supporters to run federally — and gave it serious consideration.
At the time she openly speculated about running federally, she also announced her withdrawal from the PC leadership race.
It’s widely believed, though, that MacLeod was lacking support from her federal colleagues.
"As Member of Provincial Parliament for Nepean – Carleton and Ontario PC Treasury Board Critic, I will continue to advocate for choice in childcare, sensible energy policy and a government we can afford," MacLeod said in today’s release. "I’m looking forward to a few local projects, too, that can improve and enhance the lives of those I represent."
Andy Wang, a former assistant to local MP Pierre Poilievre, is the first to declare his intention to run in Nepean.