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Peter MacKay officially launches bid for Conservative leadership


Peter MacKay launched his bid for leader of the Conservative Party in Stellarton, N.S., on Saturday morning at the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry. (CBC)

Former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay formally launched his bid to replace Andrew Scheer on Saturday in his home province of Nova Scotia, where he first began his political career more than 20 years ago.

MacKay made the announcement in his former riding of Central Nova at the province’s Museum of Industry.

“Over four years ago I stood in this very room with family and friends, including Prime Minister Harper and many of you who are here again today, and announced that I would be leaving politics,” MacKay told supporters. “It was a tough decision.”

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