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A successful Winnipeg pizza franchise owner who has blasted the province's "revolving-door justice system" is weighing a run at the Manitoba Conservative party leadership.
"I am seriously considering it," Jerry Cianflone, founder of the Pizza Hotline and Cafe 22 chain, told the Free Press Tuesday.
The Manitoba Tory party on Saturday set Oct. 27 as the date in which it will choose a leader to replace Hugh McFadyen, who announced he would step down after the Tories grabbed only 19 of a possible 57 seats in the Oct. 4 election.
Cianflone, a father of four kids ranging from Grade 3 to first-year university, said he's happy the party decided to take almost a year to find a replacement. "I think that was the right move. It gives credible candidates time to plan their life."
Cianflone is the fourth Tory to at least declare an interest in the leadership. Also mulling a run are former member of Parliament and provincial cabinet minister Brian Pallister, Tuxedo MLA Heather Stefanson and Winnipeg South MP Rod Bruinooge.
Cianflone owns pizza delivery and restaurant franchises in Winnipeg, Brandon, Steinbach, Winkler and Calgary.
He started speaking out on justice issues after one of his employees was attacked and killed during a holdup at the chain's Concordia Avenue location in May. Two teens, including a 15-year-old boy, were arrested and charged with second-degree murder. The 15-year-old had previous run-ins with the law.
Last summer, Cianflone took out radio ads decrying what he called a "senseless" act. He said Tuesday he has always had "a love for politics," but justice reforms are one of his prime motivators in contemplating a leadership bid.