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Kellie Leitch won’t seek re-election

February 5, 2018   ·   0 Comments

January ended with a week of political change in Ontario, but while much of the focus was on Queen’s Park, change is in the air for Simcoe-Grey as well.

Last week, Dr. Kellie Leitch, who has served as this riding’s Federal representative since 2011, and serving as Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women for two years announced she would not be seeking re-election.

Dr. Leitch, who courted controversy in her run to replace Stephen Harper as leader of the Conservative Party to Canada with her “Canadian Values” platform, a race ultimately lost to Andrew Scheer, said after her time in public life she will return to the medical field, serving in Kurmasi, Ghana with Health Volunteers Overseas.

“Anyone who knows me knows that public service, in all its forms, is in my blood,” said Dr. Leitch. “The last seven years of elected public service have been an honour. My time in politics has been a genuine privilege, and I will always be thankful to the constituents of Simcoe-Grey for their tremendous support. I have concluded, however, that the time has come for me to serve in other ways, including as a surgeon and volunteer. I will continue my work for my constituents first, for the balance of this Parliament, but will not seek re-election.

“I came to Ottawa as a lifetime volunteer for the Conservative Party. I had the opportunity to apply my background in paediatric medicine as Chair of the expert panel that led to the introduction of the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit in 2006. I have had the privilege to serve as an MP, a Parliamentary Secretary, a Minister of the Crown, and a member of the Official Opposition.

“As much as I have enjoyed my public life, the time has now come for me to return to the public service that is core to my being and forms the very roots of who I am: being a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon and getting children back on playgrounds.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me for these years in my core mission of helping others. Together, we have accomplished much. Together, we have much more to do.”


By Brock Weir


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