Quebec MP Gerard Deltell won t run for Conservative leadership
|CTVnews 19 Jan 2020 at 18:50|
Deltell is one of the more prominent Quebec MPs in the Conservative caucus, and an endorsement from him would be valuable to any of the candidates.
So far, current MP Marilyn Gladu and former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay are among those who ve officially declared they will run.
Those still mulling over a bid include another well-known Quebec politician: former provincial premier Jean Charest.
He s been meeting with Conservative party members for weeks to see if he has enough national support to mount a bid.
Conservative MPs and senators are holding a meeting next weekend to prepare for the return of Parliament, and it s expected that several candidates will announce, one way or another, their intentions by then.
Current leader Andrew Scheer - who will resign when his replacement is elected - is expected to put in place several rules for MPs who are running for leadership.
They ll include guidelines on how much time they re expected to be in the House of Commons, and a requirement that they relinquish their posts as portfolio critics.
Deltell says he s looking forward to holding on to his file.