OTTAWA — Longtime Conservative MP Diane Finley says she’s not running in the next election.
“Today, I’m announcing that I will not be running in the next election. This wasn’t an easy decision. Representing the people of Haldimand-Norfolk has been, without doubt, the greatest honour of my life, and I can’t thank them enough for giving me the opportunity to serve as their MP for the past 16 years. I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who have helped me over the years. I couldn’t have done this without your support. And to my amazing colleagues and staff, its been an absolute pleasure getting to know all of you, and I thank many of you for your friendship. As I’ve always said, being an MP has been the most challenging, demanding, frustrating, worthwhile thing that I’ve ever done. I will truly miss representing the people of Haldimand-Norfolk. It’s been one heck of a ride! And, to all those in H-N – I’m not going far. See you at the grocery store!,”
She’s represented the Ontario riding of Haldimand-Norfolk since 2004,
Under former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, she served in multiple cabinet posts and in Opposition was the go-between for MPs and the national party.
She joins other MPs who have decided not to be on the ballot in the next election, most notably Bill Morneau, who resigned as finance minister Monday.
Liberal MP Michael Levitt recently announced he’s leaving his Toronto-area seat, while Conservative MP Bruce Stanton said in June he won’t seek another term in his Ontario riding.