Former advertising man and North Bay mayor Vic Fedeli has become the third candidate to enter the race to replace Tim Hudak as leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives.
The MPP for Nipissing said the party, which lost nine seats in the June 12 election and handed Premier Kathleen Wynne's Liberals a majority, needs to rebuild from its “crushing disappointment.”
“I am tired of having to apologize for my party and the campaigns we run,” he said in a reference to Hudak's ill-fated promise to axe 100,000 public sector workers.
“It means a lot of hard work to restore lost trust and build a broad and inclusive party.”
Fellow MPPs Christine Elliott and Monte McNaughton have previously declared for the race that culminates next May 9.
MPP Lisa MacLeod and Barrie MP Patrick Brown have yet to officially declare their intentions. Brown has scheduled an announcement for Sunday and MacLeod's is expected in a few weeks.