The Conservative MP for Huron-Bruce is backing Peter MacKay as the next leader of the federal Tories.
Eleven people have announced their candidacy for leadership of the federal Conservatives, following a Fall election loss by former leader Andrew Scheer.
Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb says he will be supporting former federal cabinet Minister MacKay, going into this June's leadership vote.
Under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, MacKay served as Minister of Justice, National Defense, and Foreign Affairs, before retiring into the private sector.
MacKay announced his candidacy in January, and is largely considered the frontrunner in the leadership race.
Lobb tells us nearly 50 Members of Parliament have backed MacKay as the Conservative's next leader.
Ahead of the June 27th leadership vote, MacKay has applied to walk in the Toronto Pride Parade as a representative of the party, something unseen by any former Tory leader.
Lobb believes it is important the next leader of the party make marginalized Canadians feel welcomed into the Tory fold.
Other candidates for the Conservative leadership include Leslyn Lewis, Erin O'Toole, Richard Décarie, Marilyn Gladu, Jim Karahalios, Clayton Knutzon, Rick Peterson, Aron Seal, Derek Sloan, and Bobby Singh.