07/01/2015 04:35 EDT | Updated 07/01/2016 05:59 EDT

Conservatives reject Crosbie's bid for candidacy in Nfld.'s Avalon riding

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The son of former federal cabinet minister John Crosbie says his bid to run for the Conservatives in the next federal election has been rejected by the party.

"The decision-makers at party headquarters in Ottawa decided I wasn't the type of candidate they wanted," St. John's lawyer Ches Crosbie said Wednesday in a release.

Crosbie had announced his intention to seek the Conservative candidacy for the Newfoundland riding of Avalon in December 2014.

He called the party's decision "unfortunate" adding he thought he be "the strong, independent voice that the people of Avalon deserve in Ottawa."

He said he will not be appealing.

"While I am disappointed and disagree with the party's decision, I respect that it is their right to make it."

But Crosbie said the rejection hasn't lessened his passion for politics.

"There will be other opportunities for me to serve and when that time comes, I will not hesitate to put my name forward."

The Conservative party could not be reached for comment.