Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith says he will not be seeking the Ontario PC leadership.
In a statement released this (Thursday) afternoon, Smith says his “priorities have always been his children” and with his eldest beginning university next year, the “fees established by the party executive are simply too high”.
Smith says he “wants the best person for the job”, a person “who aspires to service, integrity and selflessness”.
The party is poised to pick a new leader in March, after Patrick Brown resigned and Interim Leader Vic Fidelli announced he wouldn’t be going after after the full time job.
Chrstine Elliott has thrown her hat in the ring and Smith tells Quinte News, while he has supported Elliott in the past and still sees her as a fantastic role model, he’s not sure yet who he’ll back in this race.
You can click here to read the full statement and listen to a full interview with Smith below: