McNaughton out of PC leadership race

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Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton is out of the race to become leader of the Provincial Conservative Party.

He stepped aside this morning. McNaughton signed up 12,000 new members to the party, third in the leadership race of three.

“Our campaign has stood proudly by offering strong conservative ideas and by telling people exactly where I would take our province and our party,” says McNaughton in a news release.  “From balanced budgets, repealing and refunding Kathleen Wynne’s ORPP pension scheme, to ending expensive wind energy and significantly reforming our party, our ideas have attracted thousands of new people to our cause.”

McNaughton, and his campaign chairman Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey, have endorsed Barrie area Conservative MP Patrick Brown over Whitby area MPP Christine Elliot.

The leadership race will be in May.