Conservative MP Kellie Leitch won't run in 2019

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Conservative MP Kellie Leitch won't run in 2019

Leitch came 6th in leadership race that included pitch for immigrant values screening

Jan 24, 2018

Conservative MP Kellie Leitch will not seek re-election in 2019.

"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," Leitch said in a statement late Tuesday. "I have concluded, however, that the time has come for me to serve in other ways, including as a surgeon and volunteer."

She gave no specific reason for her departure beyond saying is it time "to return to the public service that is the core of my being."

She said she will serve out the rest of her term, but then "I'm looking forward to getting kids back on the playground to play."

"She has been a valued member of the caucus for a long period of time," said Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

​Leitch, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, was first elected in her Ontario riding in 2011 and made a failed bid for the party's leadership last year. 

She was the first official candidate in the race, but her bid sparked controversy after she proposed a questionnaire that would screen potential immigrants for Canadian values. She finished sixth.

Scheer won the leadership race and subsequently left Leitch out of his shadow cabinet.

 

Full article at link:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/kellie-leitch-not-running-1.4501151?cmp=rss

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

She will always be remembered as a treasure trove of material for This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

She will always be remembered as a treasure trove of material for This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Any reason why she is making this resignation (non-resignation) statement now? There's quite a bit of time between now and the 2019 election and she's not leaving her MP seat.

 

bekayne

Ken Burch wrote:

She will always be remembered as a treasure trove of material for This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Rick Mercer as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aDD6GX5BPI