Runciman Hesitating On Federal Conservative Candidacy

Former Senator Bob Runciman says he was prepared to announce he would be running in the conservative seat ahead of the upcoming byelection.

But now that Colin Brown -- the nephew of Gord Brown -- has announced his candidacy, Runciman says he needs to be 'seriously persuaded" to move forward.

A by-election to fill the late Member of Parliament’s seat is expected to be called in the upcoming months.

Runciman says that he was asked by the Riding Association to run for the Conservative's on a unity ticket, to avoid “fracturing” the party.

He says he tried to persuade the younger Brown not to run.

"I didn't think it was in his best interest to do it long-term, but you know, he's got people advising him who I think are not terribly familiar with the riding, or understanding the riding," says Runciman. "But you know over the course of this thing maybe it works out. I don't have a crystal ball."

He says he’s been encouraged with strangers approaching him, suggesting he run.

"At Steve Clark’s election night party, I was inundated with people encouraging me to run. You know it's the whole idea that this was supposed to be a unity effort. I guess I'm going to have to be persuaded."

Runciman says he was prepared to do it but will be speaking to people over the next few days.

He also says he was intrigued by the idea of running as there have ever only been two former senators elected to the House of Commons, both over 140 years ago. Runciman retired in August of 2017 after 40 years in politics, has also served on municipal council, and as member of provincial parliament for the riding of Leeds-Grenville.