Michael Chung hasn’t run for a Conservative leader, saying “it’s not the time”

Michael Chung says he will not participate in the Conservative leadership race.

Many years of Ontario MPs and 2017 leadership candidates have left the door open to the possibilities of the next run.

Mr. Chung tweeted today that he decided not to participate in the contest after remorse.

As a party diplomatic critic, he wants to stay focused on his files, he says, “it’s not the time now.”

Chung says he will help select conservative leaders who “prepare for the serious challenges of our time.”

So far, four candidates, including former Premier of Quebec Jean Charest, are running to replace former leader Erin O’Toole.

Well-known Ottawa MP Pierre Poirievre has also begun bidding with Ontario-born rookie MP Reslin Lewis, who participated in the previous leadership race, and Ontario MP Roman Baber.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown will also launch the campaign on Sunday.

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