Tim Hudak to leave PC leader's job on July 2

Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak announced he is stepping down as leader Thursday night after defeat in...

Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak announced he is stepping down as leader Thursday night after defeat in the provincial election on June 12 2014. (Bob Tymczyszyn/QMI Agency)

Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:40 PM ET

Tim Hudak will step down as PC leader effective July 2, the Toronto Sun has learned.

Hudak sent a letter to members of his caucus Wednesday saying that for the good of the party and the good of his family, he will step down sooner rather than later.

The legislature returns July 2 and a party executive meeting is planned for July 5, when it’s expected they will set out plans for a convention.

Contrary to earlier reports this week, Hudak staffers say it was not the leader who wanted to stay on, but caucus members wanting a longer leadership process than he had anticipated.

Hudak had anticipated an early leadership convention and was prepared to step down when he went into a caucus meeting Monday.

However, there was a strong feeling at the meeting that some PC MPPs wanted a longer leadership campaign to organize potential leadership campaigns.

 

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