Bill Black tells N.S. Tories he wont run for leadership in October

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HALIFAX - Retired Halifax businessman Bill Black has pretty well closed the door on another bid for the provincial Tory leadership.
Black sent an email to supporters Sunday night that said he's "decided to not actively seek the position."
He said in an interview Monday that he put the minor qualifier on his decision because he's from the never say never school.
"You never know what's going to happen, but I really am not expecting to run at this stage," he said.
Black, 59, said it would be unusual for the current NDP government to last just one term, meaning the Conservative leader's job comes with an eight- to 12-year commitment. He said that's a bit much for he and his wife Lorraine at this point.
He also said it would mean giving up board positions with Dalhousie University, the Bank of Canada, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Standard Life, among others.
Black launched a website called newstartns.ca in January to present policy positions for discussion. He said it was non-partisan.
Topics have included public-sector pensions, changing a peninsula Halifax rail line into a road for commuters, and university accountability.
No one has declared a run for the leader's post yet. Credit Union Atlantic president Jamie Baillie, a one-time chief of staff to former premier John Hamm, is considering it, as is current interim party leader Karen Casey. Argyle member Chris d'Entremont has also said he's looking at the contest.
The party's leadership convention is in October.
Black, the former president and CEO of insurance firm Maritime Life, came second to Rodney MacDonald in the 2006 leadership race. He was unsuccessful in his bid for the Halifax Citadel seat in the general election later that year.

Organizations: Tory, Dalhousie University, Bank of Canada Standard Life Maritime Life

Geographic location: HALIFAX

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