(Ottawa) The former Foreign Minister, John Baird, killing in the bud speculation about the possibility that he is running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.
The Globe and Mail reported Monday that career politician, who bowed out in February to work in the private sector, would now enter the race to replace Stephen Harper. But Mr. Baird strongly denied this information in a statement released Monday morning.
“John Baird will not seek the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada,” the title of the tranche release.
“When I left politics, I talked about starting a new chapter in my life. I am extremely pleased with this new chapter and I will stay focused on my work in the private sector, “he said.
Two new candidates for the interim
No preservatives still has strongly expressed its intention to succeed Mr. Harper to lead the party.
Some, however, have expressed their interest to act as interim leader.
Monday morning, two new members have raised their hands and Rob Nicholson and Erin O’Toole.
O’Toole was Minister of Veterans Affairs in the Harper government. Mr. Nicholson directed the Ministries of Justice, Defence and Foreign Affairs.
The former public works minister, Diane Finley, was the first to announce his candidacy last week.
All three are members from Ontario. No Québécois is still in the running. Denis Lebel, Quebec lieutenant Stephen Harper, however, has been tipped.
One of the conditions for such a race to the interim leadership is that the candidate does not have the ambition to enter also in the race for the permanent leadership of the party.
Jason Kenney names, Michelle Rempell Peter MacKay and Maxime Bernier are among those most often mentioned as likely to enter the race.