Justice Minister Peter MacKay’s announcement today that he will not seek re-election does not signify that the Conservative Party’s ship is sinking. It does, however, hint that the Conservatives are unlikely to coast to another majority in this year’s federal election.
“He can read the writing on the wall,” said University of Toronto political science professor Nelson Wiseman. “And the writing on the wall is that even if the Conservatives form a minority government [after the next election, it is possible] that the Liberal and NDP will undo them.”
MacKay, who represents the riding of Central-Nova, has been in federal politics since 1997. He’s the former leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party before it merged with the Conservative Alliance to form today’s governing Conservative Party of Canada.
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