Federal Conservative MP John Cummins  says he believes the B.C. Conservative Party has a fighting chance at victory in the next election if he takes the party helm.

Cummins says he's stepping down from federal politics after 18 years because flying hundreds of trips from B.C. to Ottawa each year has become too tiring.

He's one of three Tories MPs vacating a B.C. seat in the near future, including Stockwell Day and Chuck Strahl. Day stridently opposes any revival of the B.C. Conservatives because of fears it will take votes from the provincial Liberals.

Cummins says he'll make a decision about whether to run for the provincial party leadership in the next few weeks, and says he's already helping the low-key party write its platform.

The B.C. Conservatives no longer have any official ties to the federal Conservative Party.