The eldest son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau broke the news Wednesday during an appearance organized by a Waterloo, Ontario, Young Liberals group, according to a report in the Waterloo Region Record.
“My kids are two and four years old and I barely see them enough as it is,” the 39-year-old Trudeau reportedly said while speaking to a group of about 50 students at Wilfrid Laurier University.
“I’m not going to run for the leadership this time around.”
The MP for the Papineau riding in Montreal said the decision to refrain from running for leadership during the convention, which is expected to take place in the spring of 2013, was not an easy one.
“The intellectual challenge of rebuilding the party from scratch is actually something that I quite relish the idea of,” Trudeau was quoted as saying. “But it would also involve more travel, more time being away from my family than right now I am willing to give.”