Conservative MP Kellie Leitch has announced that she won’t run in the 2019 federal election.
Leitch – the MP for Simcoe-Grey – had run for the Conservative leadership, finishing in 7th place after a campaign that focused on Canadian Values.
That campaign exposed a large gap between how the political/media elites discuss frame issues, and how most Canadians see things.
Leitch was regularly demonized for talking about the importance of Canadian Values, even as numerous polls showed the vast majority of Canadians agreed with the basic outline of what she proposed.
Nevertheless, Leitch was unable to gain significant momentum in the leadership race, and the Conservative Party seemed to see her as controversial and sought to distance themselves from her.
She was left out of Scheer’s shadow cabinet, and kept a relatively low profile in the House of Commons since then.
Leitch was also facing nomination challengers – which some thought were organized by the Conservative Party in an effort to oust her from the seat.