04/03/2012 10:25 EDT | Updated 06/03/2012 05:12 EDT

Goertzen rules out run for leadership of Manitoba`s Conservatives

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Tory justice critic Kelvin Goertzen (GURT'-zen) has decided he will not run for the party's leadership.

In a message posted on his website Tuesday, Goertzen said after a lot of thought, he has decided not to enter the race.

He says the main reason is the impact a leader's workload would have on his wife and young son.

The Progressive Conservatives are looking for a replacement for Hugh McFadyan (mihk-FAH'-din), who announced plans to step down after last fall's election.

The Tories have scheduled their leadership convention for October, and there are no candidates officially in the race yet.

Several people are considering a run, including former member of Parliament Brian Pallister.

The Tories have been in opposition since 1999, and currently hold 19 of the legislature's 57 seats.