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THE field in the race to replace Hugh McFadyen as leader of Manitoba's Progressive Conservatives got a little smaller Wednesday with restaurateur Jerry Cianflone dropping out.
Cianflone, founder of the Pizza Hotline and Café 22 restaurant chains, said he won't run because he wants to focus more on being a dad to his four kids.
"I know and I believe that I'd be able to do a heck of a good job at being leader and for this province, but when I go to my kid's hockey game and I'm standing there and watching the game, I'm going, 'I'm not prepared to give this up,' " Cianflone said.
With Cianflone out of the race, and Tory MLA and finance critic Heather Stefanson bowing out two weeks ago, that leaves only a few individuals still in the hunt.
They include former MP Brian Pallister, Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen and Winnipeg city councillor Paula Havixbeck.
Pallister and Goertzen have both said they're still considering a run at leadership, and Havixbeck said Wednesday she'll decide in a few weeks if she'll declare.
"It's a big job and it's a 10- or 12-year commitment," the mom of two boys said. "It puts a lot of pressure on a family to be out and about in all corners of the province."
Councillors Jeff Browaty and Scott Fielding also said they do not plan to run. Fielding saw a Twitter campaign last week trying to draft him as a leadership contender, but it fizzled quickly. Two accounts purportedly set up to encourage him to run are no longer active.
The race started election night when McFadyen announced he'd step down in the wake of another defeat to the NDP, the fourth since 1999, when the Tories were driven from power. The PCs had high hopes of forming government on Oct. 4, but only 19 members were elected to the 57-seat legislature, the same number they had before the election.
Shortly after the election, local lawyer Brian Bowman publicly mused about taking a run at leadership, as did Winnipeg South MP Rod Bruinooge. Both have since withdrawn their names from consideration.
University of Brandon political scientist Kelly Saunders and Association of Manitoba Municipalities president Doug Dobrowolski are rumoured to also have considered putting their names forward, but neither could be reached for comment Wednesday.
The Progressive Conservative leadership convention is set for Oct. 27.