Erin O’Toole, Leader of the Official Opposition and Canada’s Conservatives, today issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada, I want to thank Peter MacKay for his decades of commitment to our country and to the party.

“Peter has played a major role in Canadian politics.  He served 18 years as the Member of Parliament for Central Nova.  For a decade he served as a senior member of the Harper Cabinet, serving as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of National Defence, Minister responsible for ACOA and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

“In our call earlier today, Peter and I pledged to do everything possible to ensure our party remains united and strong.  Peter’s devotion to the Conservative Party, which he co-founded, is strong and I am grateful for his support as we work together to win the next election. 

“Rebecca and I, on behalf of all members of our Conservative family send our warmest best wishes to Peter, Nazanin and their children as they move forward with the next chapter in their professional and family life.”