Clark announced his impending resignation as party leader at the PC Party's bi-annual convention held in Edmonton, Alberta in August 2002.Mac Kay's name was one of the first to be raised as a possible leadership contender.
Mac Kay was the final leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (PC Party), and he agreed to merge the party with Stephen Harper's Canadian Alliance in 2003, forming the Conservative Party of Canada.
Mac Kay represented the riding of Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough from 1997 to 2004, and the riding of Central Nova from 2004 until 2015, when he decided not to run in that year's federal election.
In his first term of office, Mac Kay served as Justice Critic and House Leader for the Progressive Conservative parliamentary caucus.
Mac Kay was the PC member of the Board of Internal Economy and the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
(born September 27, 1965) is a lawyer and politician from Nova Scotia, Canada.
He was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2015 and has served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General (2013–2015), Minister of National Defence (2007–2013), and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006–2007) in the Cabinet of Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Many of his initial supporters referred to his strong performances in the House of Commons and magnetism as key attributes that would make him a popular leader.Mac Kay has been voted the "sexiest male MP in the House of Commons" by the Hill Times (a Parliament Hill newspaper) for six years in a row.Mac Kay was appointed House Leader of the new PC-DR Parliamentary Coalition Caucus when it was formally recognized as a political body on September 10, 2001.The PC-DR initiative collapsed in April 2002, raising questions about Clark's leadership.Mac Kay entered the first ballot of the PC leadership convention held on May 31, 2003 with roughly 41% of the delegates supporting him.