May 29, 2015

Peter MacKay to quit federal politics

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder
 

Peter MacKay is set to announce his retirement from federal politics according to several media reports.

MacKay, first elected in 1997, is currently the Minister of Justice. In the past he has held cabinet positions in foreign affairs and national defence. Prior to its merger with the Canadian Alliance, MacKay was leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.

The 49 year-old married Nazanin Afshin-Jam, a human rights activist and former Miss World Canada, in 2012. They welcomed their first son Kian in 2013 and are expecting a daughter this fall.

Those that have known MacKay for some time say his decision to leave politics now is likely driven by his growing family.

MacKay's father Elmer was the member of Parliament for the same riding from 1971 until 1993.

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commented 2015-05-30 08:35:17 -0400
MacKay always represented a dangerously progressive streak, a threatening dilution of the pellucid of Prime Minister Harper’s steely and unflinching vision for our country. The Party is purer and stronger for his departure.
commented 2015-05-29 20:32:00 -0400
Garry: Ask Stephen Harper.
commented 2015-05-29 20:13:14 -0400
Garry: Ask Stephen Harper.
commented 2015-05-29 18:17:22 -0400
RICK PLESNIK commented 4 mins ago
Garry: And your point? Do you have something against MP’s from Quebec?when is harper going get new young blood like patrick brown or pierre poilvere?
commented 2015-05-29 18:10:24 -0400
Garry: And your point? Do you have something against MP’s from Quebec?
commented 2015-05-29 18:02:30 -0400
RICK PLESNIK commented 1 min ago
Garry: “RICK PLESNIK-who are baby dippers for harper party?” What you have just commented makes no sense whatsoever. “Dippers” is slang for the NDP. Why on earth would they be part of the Conservatives? Bizarre!ask pierre poilvere that one he from quebec!
commented 2015-05-29 17:59:12 -0400
Garry: “RICK PLESNIK-who are baby dippers for harper party?” What you have just commented makes no sense whatsoever. “Dippers” is slang for the NDP. Why on earth would they be part of the Conservatives? Bizarre!
commented 2015-05-29 17:47:12 -0400
RICK PLESNIK-who are baby dippers for harper party?
commented 2015-05-29 17:41:35 -0400
Yep, Another Tin Foil Hat Conspiracy. The only thing constant is change. Who’s retiring or not is irrelevant. Mostly, as in any organization, the numbers reflect the amount of people there. There has been concern for some time about the emerging “baby boomer” retirements. Why? For the longest time they formed the bulk of the working population. Liberals have only 36 MP’s. Comparitively, 2 leaving might be on the high side. The Dippers? Most of their caucus are youngsters from Quebec, some of whom got elected without even been in the riding! Bizarre! Quebec voters were charmed by Jack Layton hoping to get more benefits out of Ottawa. Of course the young dippers will stick around with their hands in the trough for as long as they can! The wage alone (and perks) is something most Canadians can only dream of!
commented 2015-05-29 16:12:56 -0400
GAIL DYER-isnt true that ezra levant was part tthe reform party now look begging for welfare handout from paxpayers@!
commented 2015-05-29 16:01:11 -0400
Garry Wood – since you are so bloody wonderful, why don’t you run for politics, and if successful, stay in politics for numerous years. See what it is like to give up much of your private life. BTW, you are nothing but a disgrace to this website. You can’t even respect the deceased in your comments.
commented 2015-05-29 15:47:01 -0400
rick plesnik-Well, looking at the numbers this time around…..It’s clearly a Conservative Problem.

Looking at how many seats each party won in 2011…..and the numbers of MPs leaving from each party before the 2015 election, there are:

5 – NDP out of 103 MPs.
2 – Liberals out of 36 MPs.
25 – Conservatives out of 166 MPs.

Conservatives want to cash in those pensions, before they lose 10 years of eligibility. These are the same Conservatives that voted to push back OAS eligibility to 67 from 65, affecting all Canadians under 54.
commented 2015-05-29 15:45:49 -0400
Garry Wood said: “oh rick He joins other high-profile Conservatives who have left, or have announced they are leaving, federal politics.” So? Your point? It is a free country. People are allowed to pursue other opportunities as they see fit. Sounds like espousing yet another tin foil hat conspiracy thesis.
commented 2015-05-29 15:40:40 -0400
who cashing in early retitrement paycheque soon!
commented 2015-05-29 15:38:17 -0400
maybe ther reform party or wildrose party will go across canada!
commented 2015-05-29 15:31:17 -0400
I wonder if it is over Bill C51. I think someone sinister behind the scenes has sold Harper on giving more power to an already unaccountable RCMP and CSIS. This bill is dangerous and I think is going to sow a sour note with would be CPC voters this fall.
commented 2015-05-29 15:07:01 -0400
yup but would have left the part to!
commented 2015-05-29 15:05:09 -0400
Flaherty died, Garry.
commented 2015-05-29 14:22:50 -0400
ADD IN dean del mastro and jimbo flarherty!
commented 2015-05-29 14:22:25 -0400
what wrong with the cpc party!
commented 2015-05-29 14:16:31 -0400
So what’s your point, Gary? So that shopping list of people are either retiring or have retired from politics. So?
commented 2015-05-29 14:08:22 -0400
oh rick He joins other high-profile Conservatives who have left, or have announced they are leaving, federal politics.

Former foreign affairs minister John Baird stepped down as MP for Ottawa West-Nepean this past March. His 20-year political career began as an Ontario MPP before he was elected federally in 2006.

International Development Minister Christian Paradis announced in April he will not seek re-election for the Quebec riding of Mégantic-L’Érable. Since he was first elected in 2006, he has held several cabinet positions, including minister of public works and government services, minister of natural resources and minister of industry.

Heritage Minister Shelly Glover also announced in April that she will not seek re-election for the Winnipeg riding of St. Boniface. She was first elected in 2008.

Calgary MP Diane Ablonczy will not run after more than 20 years representing the Reform, Canadian Alliance and Conservative parties in the House. Under Harper, she has filled various roles, including minister of state of foreign affairs (Americas and consular affairs), minister of state for seniors, minister of state for small business and tourism and parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance.

Gordon O’Connor, who has been MP for the Ontario riding of Carleton-Mississippi Mills since 2004, is not running in the next election. He held various positions between 2006 and 2013, including minister of national defence, minister of national revenue and chief government whip.

Barrie MP Patrick Brown resigned this spring after winning the leadership in of the Ontario PC party. Alberta MP Brian Jean also resigned last year to run, successfully, for the leadership of Alberta’s Wildrose Party.

Other Conservative MPs not seeking re-election

British Columbia

Dick Harris was first elected in 1993. He has represented the Reform and Canadian Alliance parties, and currently holds the riding of Cariboo-Prince George for the Conservatives.
Russ Hiebert has represented South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale since 2004.
Colin Mayes has represented the riding of Okanagan-Shuswap since 2006.
James Lunney left the Conservative caucus earlier this year to defend his “freedom of religion.” He had previously announced he would not seek re-election for Nanaimo-Alberni. He was first elected in 2000 as a member of the Canadian Alliance.
Alberta

Rob Anders has represented the riding of Calgary West since 1997. He was first elected as a Reform MP, then a Canadian Alliance MP.
Peter Goldring has represented the riding of Edmonton East since 1997. He was first elected as a Reform MP, then a Canadian Alliance MP.
Laurie Hawn has represented the riding of Edmonton Centre riding since 2006.
Brian Storseth has represented the riding of Westlock-St. Paul since 2006.
LaVar Payne has represented Medicine Hat since 2008.
Saskatchewan

Garry Breitkreuz was first elected in 1993. He has represented the Reform and Canadian Alliance parties, and currently holds the riding of Yorkton-Melville.
Maurice Vellacott was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997 as a Reform MP for the Saskatchewan riding of Wanuskewin. He currently holds the Conservative seat for the riding of Saskatoon-Wanuskewin.
Ed Komarnicki has represented Souris-Moose Mountain since 2004.
Ray Boughen has represented the riding of Palliser since 2008.
Manitoba

Manitoba MP Joy Smith has represented the Winnipeg riding of Kildonan St. Paul since 2004.
Manitoba MP Rod Bruinooge has represented the riding of Winnipeg South since 2006.
Ontario

Gary Schellenberger, who currently represents Perth-Wellington, was first elected in a 2003 by-election.
Joe Preston has represented Elgin-Middlesex-London since 2004.
Barry Devolin has represented Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock since 2004.
Patricia Davidson has represented Sarnia-Lambton since 2004.
Rick Norlock has represented Northumberland—Quinte West since 2006.
New Brunswick

Mike Allen has represented Tobique-Mactaquac since 2006.
Nova Scotia

Gerald Keddy was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997 as a Progressive Conservative. He has represented South Shore-St Margaret’s since 2004, after previously holding the seat for the riding of South Shore.
Greg Kerr has represented West Nova since 2008.
commented 2015-05-29 13:56:20 -0400
Regardless of politics, I suspect, like Baird, Peter simply has some more lucrative offers that will also allow him more time with his young family. If you are not around while your children are young, you stand to miss much in their development towards adulthood!
commented 2015-05-29 12:42:17 -0400
what wrong in cpc party!
commented 2015-05-29 11:42:55 -0400
Mackay will never be PM and he knows it. Baird may be another story.

Mackay has served Canada well enough but he often makes mistake. I am not sorry to see him leave the Justice portfolio. I hope someone more competent is appointed.
commented 2015-05-29 10:46:35 -0400
How horrible to wish death upon someone Vlad. McKay will be missed, he was a good man.
commented 2015-05-29 10:31:58 -0400
You’ve talked to them, Vlad? They’ve told you their inner intentions? You’re commenting on motives here, so I’m assuming you have more information than the reporters on TheRebel?
commented 2015-05-29 10:19:56 -0400
Mackay isn’t retiring and neither is Baird. They left politics to build their contacts (illegal when you are a politician) to return for the next leadership convention after Harper retires.

This is how it’s done – liberals did this for decades.

The alarm issue is Mackay and his fkg progressive crap that crippled Canada along with the liberal pigs for decades. Hope Mackay drops dead – the last hope for east coast progressives and their unions.