Four Ontario Conservative MPs have announced they will not run in the next federal election, according to Canadian Press reports.
This week, speculation about a possible spring election increased after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet to accept the resignation of Navdeep Bains, who said he would not seek re-election.
A spring budget, usually tabled in late March, could be the trigger for an election. The Prime Minister can call an election on his own or the Governor-General will require an election if the Commons votes non-confidence in the government.
Most recent polls show the governing Liberals ahead, but short of a majority, while Conservative support droops and support for the left-wing NDP has increased. An IPSOS poll released Tuesday put the Liberals at 36 per cent support, Conservatives at 29 per cent, and NDP at 19 per cent.
The four Conservatives MPs who won't run again are:
- Diane Finley, Haldimand-Norfolk
- Phil McColeman, Brant
- Peter Kent, Thornhill
- Bruce Stanton, Simcoe North