Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Kent is getting nomination paper signed, and preparing for a run at the PC Party leadership, although he’s careful to say that no final decision has been made — yet.
Steve Kent. — Transcontinental file photo
“I am very close to a decision, and I am preparing nomination papers in the event that I make a decision to pursue this.”
Kent is one of only two Tory cabinet ministers who are said to be considering a leadership run.
He spoke to The Telegram Monday morning and confirmed that he’s very seriously looking at the leadership, but he’s not quite ready to make the plunge yet.
“This is one of the biggest decisions I’ve had to make thus far in my career,” Kent said. “It has significant impact on my family, and for that reason, it requires really careful consideration.”
The deadline for getting into the race is Friday. The only candidate thus far to formally put in his papers is fish processing businessman Bill Barry.
Kent was keeping his cards close to his chest on Monday; he acknowledged that if he runs he’ll have to step out of cabinet, and said that he’s looking forward to a spirited leadership race.
But he wouldn’t talk policy or renewal, saying that he’d like to save those sorts of discussions for his campaign launch — if he decides to run.
“The conversation that wil ensue during the campaign is very much about the future of our province, and I look forward to building that future, whether it’s as a leadership candidate or as a member of caucus,” he said. “One way or another, I’ll be very active in the campaign, and I may very well be a candidate.”