The following statement was issued to SaultOnline.com Thursday Afternoon
Last Monday, I was presented with the idea of joining the race to be the next leader of the Ontario PC party. From that day on, the idea of putting my name forward as a candidate for the leadership role grew into a reality.
This decision has not been an easy one and has required significant thought and attention. I promised myself that I would only enter this race provided that doing so would bring the strengths and needs of Sault Ste. Marie and Northern Ontario to the forefront of this province. Regardless of the outcome, my guiding principle was and remains to ensure that our region receives the attention and consideration we deserve and that our campaign would be one that I, my family and the people of Sault Ste. Marie could be proud of.
After careful consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the leadership of the Ontario PC party at this time. In the coming days I will determine which candidate will best serve the needs of our region. I intend to be active in ensuring that our future leader appreciates the challenges we face and recognizes the incredible opportunities we can provide to Ontario’s economy.
I am blessed to have the unconditional support and encouragement of my wife and family and am incredibly humbled by the level of time, dedication and effort that was invested by our team. To all those who have reached out to me during this time with encouraging phone calls and messages, thank you. Your trust and faith in me has been a great source of inspiration and will not be forgotten.