Senator Fabian Manning will not be running for the PC Party leadership.
Conservative Senator Fabian Manning
Manning said that family considerations were the primary reason why he won’t be running.
“Believe it or not, an 11-year-old daughter has a fair amount of effect on her father,” he said. “We’re just not there at the present time.”
Manning was thrown out of caucus by former premier Danny Williams over a dispute on fisheries policy, before he left provincial politics and ran for the Conservatives federally.
Manning was appointed to the Senate after he lost his Avalon seat in the House of Commons.
He said that he’s planning on being involved in the leadership race — just not as a candidate.
“Oh, I’ll definitely be attending the convention as a delegate, and I look forward to see who will be offering themselves as leaders,” Manning said. “I think it will be an opportunity for the party to revitalize itself. Certainly, you know, while the party has challenges going forward, I don’t think any of them are what you call insurmountable.”
Right now, only one candidate has formally announced that he’s running — west coast businessman Bill Barry.
Former cabinet minister Shawn Skinner and current ministers Derrick Dalley and Steve Kent have said they’re thinking about a run.
The Tories will gather in St. John’s in early July for a delegated convention to pick their new leader.