Monday, October 2, 2023

Peter MacKay ‘100 per cent in’ for the Conservative leadership race, friends say

When the Conservative leadership last fell vacant in 2015, Peter MacKay had only been out of federal politics for five months. He was building a private sector career with law firm Baker McKenzie, had two young children and his mother was fighting cancer. He considered taking a run but ultimately decided to pass.

Four years on, things are different. His mother Eirene passed away in 2017 and he’s since had a third child. But friends say he’s “100 per cent in” this time, that his path to victory is clearer and that he is merely arranging a leave of absence with his employer before going public.

MacKay’s wife, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, a formidable figure in her own right as a singer, model and human rights activist, is said to be supportive and he has built a leadership team that includes former MP Alex Nuttall, widely recognized as a good organizer.

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