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Peter MacKay confirms intention to seek Conservative party leadership

Last Updated Jan 15, 2020 at 11:42 am PST

Peter MacKay speaks before Conservative leader Andrew Scheer arrives at a campaign stop in Little Harbour, N.S. on October 17, 2019. High profile Conservative Peter MacKay is again trying to put a stop to rumours he's planning a run for leadership of the party if the job opens up in the next six months. MacKay gave a blistering critique of current party leader Andrew Scheer yesterday, saying the "stinking albatross" of Scheer's social conservative values cost the Conservatives the election. But hours later he posted a message on his Twitter account saying he supports Scheer, and his comments were aimed at helping the party improve to win the next election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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MacKay posted the message to his social media accounts Wednesday

MacKay was instrumental in creating the modern incarnation of the Conservatives

OTTAWA — Former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay says he’s in the running for leadership of the federal Conservatives.

He posted the message to his social media accounts Wednesday, his first on-the-record acknowledgment of his leadership aspirations.

He’s been pegged as a contender to take over the party for years — not just since Andrew Scheer stepped down last month.

MacKay was instrumental in creating the modern incarnation of the Conservatives, having helmed half of its predecessor, the Progressive Conservatives.

That party merged with the Canadian Alliance in 2003, and MacKay went to work under the new boss: Stephen Harper.

MacKay, who is from a longtime conservative family in Nova Scotia, would go on to serve in multiple cabinet posts in Harper’s three Conservative governments.