He's one of a few who were favoured candidates to lead the rudderless party, but decided, perhaps wisely, to pack it in while they were ahead. Current MP Pierre Poilievre and interim leader Rona Ambrose had already ditched their Top-Siders.
This leaves Peter MacKay and Erin O'Toole, two exciting deck stars who are sure to wow anyone centre-left.
Is that the sound of a ship's foghorn? That's a busy turning basin.
There's a side of me that wants to say: "Open the seacocks!"