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Rona Ambrose will not run for leadership of federal Conservative Party

Last Updated Jan 22, 2020 at 3:06 pm PDT

FILE - Rona Ambrose is shown during an interview with The Canadian Press in Ottawa, Thursday, May 18, 2017. A former political staffer and women's rights advocate says male MPs and staff on Parliament Hill are often bystanders who do not use their roles to help create a safe workplace for female counterparts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
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Rona Ambrose will not run for leadership of federal Conservative Party

She announced this in a Facebook posting saying she wants to thanks everyone for their encouragement

In the race to replace Andrew Scheer, Peter MacKay is one of the few high profile names expressing an interest

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) –Rona Ambrose will not run for leadership of federal Conservative Party.

She’s made that known in a Facebook posting saying she wants to thanks everyone for their encouragement.

“I loved my 13 years in public service as an MP, minister and especially as leader of this great party,” reads the post. “But right now, I am focused on making a difference through the private sector. Creating policy and advocating for our energy sector to create jobs. And my work continues to ensure all judges in Canada receive sexual assault law training.”

Ambrose served as the interim leader of the Conservatives between 2015 and 2017 and previously represented an Edmonton riding.

She had been facing heavy pressure to make a bid for the job and says she was humbled to be considered.

In the race to replace Andrew Scheer, Peter MacKay is one of the few high profile names expressing an interest.

With files from the Canadian Press