This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Widely anticipated as a potential candidate to replace Tim Hudak as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, Rod Phillips announced on Thursday that he does not intends to seek the job. The former head of the provincial lottery corporation, Phillips, currently chairs the boards of Postmedia Network, which owns the National Post, and the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance.
Phillips revealed that his friends and advisors urged him to make a bid for the job because it wanted someone who could help close that gap. However, he stressed that “I tried to make sure I understood the opportunity and what it was that the party was looking for.” Phillips elucidated that “this is an organization I’ve been involved with since I was 18, although recently not as much. But I think it’s an important institution and I think the leader of it is someone who can make a difference for the province.”
According to Phillips, he used four weeks to consult party members before making the decision to not seek the job. He alleged that “a number of the people who were encouraging me to run were really concerned that issues related to Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area were at the forefront, both because those issues are important to a huge part of our population but also because to be politically relevant the party has to do well there.” Phillips added that “so my focus will be to make sure those issues get talked about.”