MacKay pon­ders re­turn?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Is Peter MacKay about to mount a cam­paign to claim the lead­er­ship of the Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada? Ever since the party’s sur­prise de­feat in the Oc­to­ber elec­tion — fol­lowed that night by the res­ig­na­tion of leader Stephen Harper — there has been ram­pant spec­u­la­tion about the fu­ture of the for­mer deputy prime min­is­ter. Like more than 20 other se­nior Con­ser­va­tive MPs, he de­cided to step away from pol­i­tics — and Mr. Harper — early last year.

The party is pre­par­ing to call a lead­er­ship con­ven­tion. It’s time the last leader of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada steps back to re­claim the man­tle of lead­er­ship of the Con­ser­va­tive Party, formed by the merger with the Re­form Party in 2003, and then hi­jacked by Mr. Harper.

Mr. MacKay is ideally suited to of­fer a pro­gres­sive, right-wing al­ter­na­tive to the Lib­er­als un­der Justin Trudeau. Per­haps he might shed some light on his fu­ture plans Jan­uary 22 when he vis­its St. Pe­ters for a pro­vin­cial fundraiser. No one ex­pects Mr. MacKay to of­fi­cially de­clare his in­ten­tions, but there should be some hints of­fered as he as­sesses the fu­ture of the party, coun­try and him­self.

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