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Manitoba MP won't seek provincial Tory leadership

QMI Agency

Tory MP Rod Bruinooge will not seek the leadership of the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives.

In a media release issued Thursday morning, Bruinooge confirmed he is sticking with federal politics.

"I appreciate all of the messages of support and interest to have me enter this race; however, I will be continuing with my mandate to serve the families of Winnipeg South in Ottawa as their member of Parliament," the release says.

Bruinooge was first elected in 2006, serving as the parliamentary secretary for Aboriginal Affairs. He left cabinet in 2008.

Party leader Hugh McFadyen announced he'd step down from leading the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives after he lost the Oct. 4 provincial election.

PC members will select the next leader of the party Oct. 27, 2012 in a one-member, one-vote poll. Details of how members outside of Winnipeg will be able to participate in the vote, which is to be held during the party's leadership convention, have yet to be announced.