Lisa MacLeod has confirmed during a news conference in Ottawa on Friday morning that she has given up her campaign to lead the Ontario PCs and will instead back Whitby-Oshawa MPP Christine Elliott.
She said she and Elliott are friends and share the same values and passion for the party.
She said over the last week the changes in the political landscape both within the PC leadership race and in her home riding of Nepean-Carleton have been dramatic and have had a direct impact on her.
She said the decision by Vic Fedeli to quit the race earlier this week and the sudden departure from federal politics by her local MP John Baird have altered her own political realities.
She said she will ‘consider’ running in Baird’s riding but hasn’t yet made a decision.
Elliott, Barrie MP Patrick Brown and London-area MPP Monte McNcnaughton remain in the race.
The leadership convention will be held on May 9 at the Toronto Congress Centre.