Caroline Mulroney announced this morning she will attempt to follow in her father’s political footsteps and run in the next Ontario election for the Progressive Conservatives.
The daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney had hinted she was interested in making a career change to politics and in a YouTube video she confirmed she will seek the nomination for the riding of York-Simcoe. The riding is north of Toronto.
“I love this province and I believe in a better future for Ontario,” Mulroney says in her campaign video.
“Government needs to get out of the way, focus more on affordability, manage taxes properly so we get the services we expect,” she said.
In a news release, Mulroney said Ontario “finds itself at a crossroads” and that the next election is “about offering a positive vision” for the province.
“Unlike the current government, I will respect the people of Ontario, their hard-earned money, and the choices they make for their families,” she wrote.
CBC’s Catherine Cullen reported in June that Mulroney would likely seek a nomination in the Greater Toronto Area in Patrick Brown’s PC party.
Shortly before that, Mulroney made an appearance at the federal Conservative Party’s leadership convention. She took to the stage as one of the masters of ceremonies and poked fun at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, wondering aloud why someone would want to run for their dad’s old job as Trudeau did.
‘Always thought’ about politics
In an interview with CBC News she said the door was open to entering politics herself.
“I think politics is definitely something that I’ve always thought about as a career,” she said. “And what I’ve learned from watching my father and so many of our friends participate in it, it’s all about timing and opportunity and getting all those things right.”
Ontario’s election is less than a year away, it’s in June 2018, and the Progressive Conservatives are leading the polls over Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals.
At the Conservative convention, Mulroney talked about what she thought would make her a good political candidate.
“I’ve travelled a lot across this country because of my father’s job — I’ve had that experience. I’ve been able to meet a diverse group of Canadians, so I…