These heavyweights will not stand for re -election


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TORONTO-No matter what happens on June 2, three key people in Ontario politics will not return to the banks in Queen’s Park: Health Minister Christine Elliott, Long-Term Care Minister Rod Phillips and former Prime Minister Kathleen Wynne have announced three their retirement from political life.

The departure of the two prime ministers was a blow to the prime minister. Along with Rod Phillips and Christine Elliott, the government has shown a strange openness to civil society, especially as these two personalities quickly occupied a prominent place in the cabinet.

The catapulted finance minister, Phillips played the central role of Ontario’s big money-maker on a mission to remove the deficit inherited from the Liberals in 2018 and put the money back into the pockets of Ontarians, a plan thwarted in the middle of outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rod Phillips, Finance Minister, pushed the holidaymaker to resign and then return Head of Long -Term Care. ONFR+ archives

Pushed in December 2020 for violating the Prime Minister’s instruction not to leave the territory without a valid reason, the former boss of the Postmedia group returned to the back door six months later thanks to a ministerial reshuffle. Leading the Long -Term Care portfolio, Ajax’s elected official replaced Merrilee Fullerton, who herself was under criticism for her disastrous management, in the opinion of some observers, of homes during the pandemic.

In the announcement of her departure last January, another Ford nation tenor was added: Christine Elliott.

Elliott in the eye of the health storm

The highly publicized Minister of Health, who will be the center of the health storm, has announced that he will refuse to be a candidate for his succession, as MP for Newmarket-Aurora, two months after Rod’s departure. Phillips.

Si Ms. Elliott is one of the few ministers to maintain the same ministry despite cabinet changes. An MP for 13 years, he was first elected in 2006 in the Whitby-Ajax constituency, three times trying to win over Progressive Conservative leadership. His last attempt, against Doug Ford and Caroline Mulroney, almost turned out right.

Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Deputy Prime Minister has been mocking Queen’s Park for two years. Photo credit: Jackson Ho

Yesterday’s protagonist, a key ally in the eventual, the trained lawyer who became Deputy Prime Minister endured the invective of the opposition for four years as he rained down and shone on health measures, amid Doug Ford’s mood and the recommendations of scientists. He said this: he would never run again, certainly tired of the pandemic and hopeless of political ascension in the short term.

If re -elected, the Prime Minister will have to look for a figure of Ms Elliott’s caliber in a highly sensitive portfolio as the health care system continues to evolve and the pandemic is not over.

Wynne, the best and the worst

In his long political career, the former Liberal prime minister has known glory and shame. The first woman to hold the position of premier in Ontario, in 2013, she was re-appointed the following year, before experiencing a bitter setback in 2018 that wiped out almost all of her caucus.

Following the blue wave that followed 15 years of Liberal rule, the Don-Valley-Ouest elected representative still saved his seat as MP, appearing among the seven Liberals who survived the opposition to a party without official status. . First elected in October 2003, he served 19 years in the Legislative Assembly.

Kathleen Wynne, the province’s first female premier and first openly gay leader. ONFR+ archives

With the origin of the free of some tuition fees at the university and the increase of the minimum wage to $ 14 per hour, the former premier also laid the foundations of the creation of the University of Ontario French – without completing the project – and remodeled the Francophone Office Affairs of Ontario in a real Ministry of Francophone Affairs. He also filed an official apology to the Legislative Assembly for Regulation 17 banning the teaching and use of French in elementary schools.

Without Martow, Barrett, or Gravelle

The list does not end there. To these departures should be added the former parliamentary assistant of the Minister of Francophone Affairs, Gila Martow. Elected since 2014, the MP for Thornhill has painfully tried to represent Francophone interests since 2018, following the departure of MP Amanda Simard, when she closed the party’s door at the end of Black Thursday.

His most remarkable mistake in the Francophonie was declaring, in 2015, on the microphone ofONFR+, that he was unaware of the existence of the crisis at Montfort Hospital. “I don’t know Montfort, do I? has become a cult phrase.

Subsequently, his attempt to jump into the federal government in the final election of 2021 ended in failure, losing the race for the Conservative nomination to Melissa Lanstman, strategist for Doug Ford. Ms. needed. Martow who resigned from his role as provincial parliamentary assistant and was banned from running in the upcoming elections in Ontario. It was a director of the local soccer club who would try to regain his seat.

MP Gila Martow, author of the famous phrase: “I don’t know Montfort, what is it about?” »ONFR+ Archives

It is also necessary to underline the departure of another progressive conservative: Toby Barrett, at the age of 76 years. Ontario’s seven-term political veteran in Haldimand-Norfolk was first elected 27 years ago under the Harris government. He served as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Finally, notice the recent resignation of Michael Gravelle, also after 27 years on the banks of Queen’s Park. The Liberal MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North revealed in February that he had cancer and needed chemotherapy. “I hope and plan to continue to represent my constituents at Queen’s Park. However, my health and the treatments I will have to undergo in the coming months have made this plan impossible,” the social network conceded. this former publicist for CBC and founder of the North of Superior Film Association.

Among the constituents of the six political personalities, the projections suggest that there should be no political alternation.

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