Pierre Poilievre confirmed on Twitter that he is not going to be running to replace Andrew Scheer as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
“Over the last several weeks, I have been building a team and support for a possible run for the conservative (sic) leadership. In criss-crossing the country, I have been overwhelmed with the favourable response,” tweeted Poilievre.
Citing strain on his family life, he went on to say “…my heart is not fully engaged in this leadership race. Without being all in, I cannot be in at all. So I have decided not to seek the leadership of the party at this time.”
The announcement comes after weeks of speculation regarding his potential leadership bid.
Poilievre now joins two other notable Conservatives in dropping out of the race this week. Yesterday, former interim leader Rona Ambrose announced she would not be seeking the candidacy and former Quebec premier Jean Charest announced the same on Tuesday.
Candidates seeking to enter the race must pay a total entry fee of $300,000 and submit 3,000 signatures of endorsement from party members.
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