Peter MacKay is dismissing rumours that he's heading back to Nova Scotia to replace Premier John Hamm.
Why should he? The premiership would be a step backwards for MacKay's federal Tory leadership ambitions. As an opposition front-bench critic, MacKay doesn't build up a negative public record the way he would have to as a premier with governing responsibilities.
And if he lost the next provincial election, he'd be finished politically.
Premiers also have generally failed as federal party leaders; for some unknown reason, they don't make the transition as well as state governors do to the U.S. presidency.
No, Peter had best stay put where he is.