MacKay ponders return?
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.