Peter MacKay Seeking Leadership of the Conservative Party #CDNpoli


Peter MacKay has announced that he will seek the leadership of the Conservative Party.

MacKay was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the June 2, 1997 federal election for Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough, a riding in northeastern Nova Scotia.

MacKay entered the first ballot of the PC leadership convention held on May 31, 2003 with roughly 41% of the delegates supporting him. However, on the second ballot, MacKay's support dropped to 39%. On the third ballot, MacKay's support reached 45% but many of his supporters were convinced that he had hit his popular peak.

MacKay also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of National Defence, and Minister of Justice and Attorney General under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

On May 29, 2015, MacKay announced that he would not be a candidate in the 2015 federal election.