Former Conservative cabinet minister Tony Clement says he’s ending his bid to assume the leadership of the party.
Clement, the Parry Sound–Muskoka MP and former treasury board president, issued a video statement Wednesday saying that his campaign had fallen short of goals he set when he launched his leadership bid back in July.
He said he was pulling out of the race now so as not to subject his family to any further financial stress.
Clement said he ran for the leadership based on his long-time experience with the party and with the aim of helping it change with modern times.
In his announcement, Clement didn’t endorse any of his fellow candidates, but did say that he would work to support Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose as she serves as leader of the Official Opposition.