Pierre Poilievre gets emotional over decision not to pursue Conservative leadership - 2020-01-24
Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre had spent weeks pushing past a fear about what a run for the Conservative leadership would mean for his family.
He'd promised his wife and 18-month-old daughter, and himself, that after the October election they'd have a more "normal" life, but things had changed. He'd been swept up in the excitement of the party's leadership race and decided he'd run.
He spent weeks crossing the country to put together a team, brought on prominent strategists, began nailing down companies to provide the back-end support he'd need, and started giving media interviews laying out some ideas. But over the past three weeks, his doubts had grown.
On Thursday, he dropped out, throwing a bombshell into the ongoing leadership campaign. Many had considered him a front-runner.