Quebec MP Steven Blaney enters Conservative Party leadership race

The Conservative MP made the announcement at an event in his riding near Quebec City today.

Blaney, 51, has been in Parliament since 2006

Steven Blaney answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Monday, June 1, 2015. Former public safety minister Steven Blaney says he's considering a run for the federal Conservative leadership. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Conservative MP Steven Blaney is joining the party's leadership race.

Blaney, who had already filed his nomination papers on Wednesday, made an official announcement Sunday at the annual brunch of the Conservative association in his riding of Bellechasse-Etchemins-Levis in Quebec City.

Blaney, 51, was first elected in 2006.

He was promoted to cabinet in 2011, heading the veteran affairs department.

Blaney was appointed public safety minister in 2013.

Other declared leadership candidates are Maxime Bernier, Andrew Scheer, Kellie Leitch, Michael Chong, Deepak Obhrai, Brad Trost, Erin O'Toole, Andrew Saxton, Rick Peterson and Pierre Lemieux.

Former MPs Chris Alexander is expected to announce his candidacy soon.

MP Lisa Raitt and businessman Kevin O'Leary are also considering a bid.