The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario must find a new candidate for the riding of Thunder Bay-Superior North.
Tamara Johnson, who accepted the party's nomination for the riding in April of 2013, confirmed to CBC News Sunday that she is no longer running for the PCs.
In an emailed statement to Thunder Bay news media, Johnson says she was told about the decision on the weekend in Toronto at an orientation course for candidates.
Johnson made headlines recently after she posted some controversial remarks on Facebook, suggesting that businesses on Fort William First Nation have an unfair price advantage over those across the now-closed James Street swing bridge.
Her comment drew a sharp rebuttal from Fort William chief Georjann Morriseau.
The small-business owner later took down the remarks, but told CBC she stood by them.