Lisa MacLeod, Ottawa MPP, drops out of Ontario PC leadership race

Ottawa MPP Lisa MacLeod is dropping out of the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race and supporting Christine Elliott for party leader.

MacLeod supports Christine Elliott for PC leader, considers running federally

Lisa MacLeod, Progressive Conservative MPP for Nepean-Carleton, speaks to reporters at Queen's Park in Toronto on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. MacLeod is set to make a "special announcement" on Friday in Ottawa. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

Ottawa MPP Lisa MacLeod has dropped out of the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race and supported Christine Elliott for party leader.

MacLeod made the announcement late Friday morning at her campaign headquarters in downtown Ottawa.

She officially announced her withdrawal from the leadership race and gave her support to Christine Elliott, who is running against Patrick Brown and Monte McNaughton to replace Tim Hudak.

Ottawa city councillor Scott Moffatt took to Twitter on Thursday saying he and fellow councillor Jan Harder were urging MacLeod to run in the newly created federal riding of Nepean.

Ottawa West-Nepean MP John Baird, who announced he is leaving politics earlier this week, was originally slated as the federal candidate for the new Nepean riding.

In an open letter, MacLeod said she would "consider running" in the new federal riding after taking some time and speaking to her constituents.

MacLeod was first elected in the rural Nepean-Carleton provincial riding in 2006 and re-elected three more times. The new federal riding of Nepean overlaps part of her provincial riding.

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