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WINNIPEG South Conservative MP Rod Bruinooge said Friday he's contemplating a run at Progressive Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen's job.
"I'll be making a decision after I see the rules and timeline," the 38-year-old Bruinooge said in a Twitter message, declining to answer further questions.
The possible addition of Bruinooge adds drama to the battle to take over the PC party following its disappointing performance in the Oct. 4 election. The only person who's shown any eagerness to date is former Conservative MLA and MP Brian Pallister.
Pallister has also said he won't declare his intentions until after today's meeting of the party's executive council at the Fort Garry Hotel, however it's widely known he's been contacting party members asking for their support. The meeting is being held to review election results and to set a date for a leadership convention.
McFadyen said on election night he'd remain as leader until the party chooses his replacement. Despite high numbers in pre-election polls, the party finished with 19 seats, the same number it had before the election in the 57-seat legislature.
There is also an element within the party that would prefer McFadyen resign before a leadership convention -- a June date is to be proposed -- and before the spring legislative session. An interim leader from caucus would represent the party.
Tuxedo MLA Heather Stefanson has also said she is mulling over a run at the leadership.
Insiders said Bruinooge is considering a possible run because he has a young family and would like to spend more time with his wife, Chantale, and two children, Sarah and Luke, instead of commuting between Winnipeg and Ottawa.
Bruinooge, who is Métis, has been in politics for more than a decade and is best known in political circles for competing against McFadyen for the Conservative nomination for the federal riding of Winnipeg South in 2005. McFadyen won, but resigned to run provincially. Bruinooge was chosen as the Conservative candidate in his place.
He won a seat in Parliament in 2006 by beating Liberal incumbent Reg Alcock by only 111 votes. In the May federal election he knocked off Liberal challenger Terry Duguid by a margin of nearly two to one.
What's unclear is whether Bruinooge will have to resign his seat if he decides to run for the provincial leadership. Federal rules only stipulate an MP has to resign if they run for office at another level of government, but not the leadership of a political party. However, it's also possible Prime Minister Stephen Harper may ask him to resign.
The other issue facing Bruinooge is his stand on abortion.
More than a year ago, he tabled a private member's bill in the House of Commons that called for legal sanctions against someone who coerces a women into having an abortion. Critics say the bill was an attempt to reopen Canada's abortion debate.