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Lisa MacLeod wants to put pride back in PC brand

Dani-Elle Dube  Ottawa Sun

Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod kicked off her campaign for the leadership of the Ontario Progessive Conservatives Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 in Ottawa. The Ontario Conservatives choose a new leader to replace Tim Hudak in May 2015.
DANI-ELLE DUBE/Ottawa Sun

Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod kicked off her campaign for the leadership of the Ontario Progessive Conservatives Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 in Ottawa. The Ontario Conservatives choose a new leader to replace Tim Hudak in May 2015. DANI-ELLE DUBE/Ottawa Sun

She'll improve health care and education, make streets safer and restore pride in Ontario's PCs.

But first, Lisa MacLeod has to convince PC party members she's the one to lead them.

The MPP for Ottawa's Nepean-Carleton riding officially launched her campaign for leader Sunday at the National Arts Centre to a room full of supporters.

She is the fifth to toss her hat into the ring to replace Tim Hudak.

"I believe we need to reconnect with Ontarians by showing them that the values they hold dear are the same values that unite us as Progressive Conservatives," said MacLeod.

"When we do that, we will grow our base and we will expand our appeal in growth communities across the province and in the GTA, just like I have been able to do successfully here in Ottawa."

MacLeod's goal is to restore Ontario to its glory days and she made it clear that it's time for change, both within the party and in government.

"As leader, I will stand up for the many accomplishments of previous PC governments and they are in stark contrast with the Liberal government," she said.

"Like you, I believe in this party and I believe in this province."

Mike Maguire, candidate for mayor in the Oct. 27 election was among the hundreds of supporters in the audience.

He says MacLeod is the right person for the job.

"She's got a vision for Ontario going forward," said Maguire.

"I like the overall strengths that Lisa brings to the team. She's young, vibrant, she's with an urban riding. These are all very important things going forward."

"At the end of the day, the biggest thing that I'm going to be able to do is reconnect with people who haven't been supporting our party," said MacLeod.

"I think people will either look at my story or my energy, the teams that I've been able to build, and they'll find that we can be successful under that model."

"I want you to believe in me," said MacLeod,

"And through restoring belief in the Ontario PC Party, we will once again be the best place in Canada to work, to live and to raise a family.

We just need to believe."

dani-elle.dube@sunmedia.ca

Who is Lisa MacLeod?

  • Lisa MacLeod, 40, Born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.
  • MacLeod was first elected when she was 31.
  • She wrote a cookbook called I'd Rather Be Baking Cookies: A Collection of Recipes from Lisa MacLeod and Friends.
  • Graduated with a B.A. Honours in Political Science from St. Francis Xavier University
  • Married to husband Joseph Varner and has a daughter named Victoria

Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives will choose a new leader on May 9, 2015.

The next provincial election is in 2018.

Here are the other candidates:

  • Patrick Brown, 36 -- Federal Conservative MP for Barrie
  • Vic Fedeli, 58 -- Conservative MPP for Nipissing
  • Christine Elliott, 59 -- Conservative MPP for Whitby-Oshawa
  • Monte McNaughton, 37 -- Conservative MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex

 

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