January 25, 2016 8:15 pm
Updated: January 25, 2016 8:17 pm

Peter MacKay won’t rule out run at Tory leadership but focus is on new job

Justice Minister Peter McKay fields a question on the shale gas protest in New Brunswick as he attends a roundtable discussion on crime in Halifax on Friday, Oct.18, 2013.


Former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay is returning to his legal roots, joining international law firm Baker & McKenzie as a partner in Toronto.

MacKay says he’ll be concentrating on his new role, but isn’t ruling out a run at the Conservative leadership. A new leader will be chosen in May 27, 2017.

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“You don’t rule things out, or close doors or burn bridges unless you absolutely have to but my focus, my future is here…and returning to the practice of law,” MacKay said.

During his sometimes controversial 18 years in Parliament, MacKay served as minister of defence and foreign affairs, among other roles.

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“I miss the people and sometimes the daily interaction and daily insight into many of the big issues of the day,” he said. “But I’m equally ready to take on new challenges here.”

MacKay says he will focus on compliance law with Baker & McKenzie, but also plans on doing pro bono work in human trafficking.

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“I know that Baker & McKenzie…does a lot of work to help combat this modern-day slavery, and I believe very passionately about that, I believe there’s a lot more we can do collectively,” MacKay said.

“This particular firm offers me the opportunity to get into the law and to do so in a meaningful way.”


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