‘Fin­ished with pol­i­tics’

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell Lib­er­als are look­ing for a new can­di­date af­ter MPP Grant Crack an­nounced that he will not run in the June 7 provin­cial elec­tion.

Mr. Crack an­nounced his de­ci­sion in an April 5 press re­lease, say­ing that ear­lier this year he ad­vised Premier Kath­leen Wynne that he would not at­tempt a re­turn to Queen’s Park.

He had been nom­i­nated as the party’s can­di­date Jan­uary 28.

“Af­ter care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion and heart­felt dis­cus­sions with my fam­ily, I con­cluded that the time is right to seek out other ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Mr. Crack said in his state­ment. “I have had the priv­i­lege of serv­ing my com­mu­nity and the Prov­ince of On­tario as a po­lit­i­cal leader for over 17 years. Dur­ing this time I have de­vel­oped nu­mer­ous re­la­tion­ships with po­lit­i­cal col­leagues, com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers and es­tab­lished friend­ships of which I am grate­ful and will miss on a day to day ba­sis.”

When asked for specifics about what he’d like to do af­ter pol­i­tics, Mr. Crack said he had no con­crete plans. He did say, how­ever, that he ab­so­lutely will not re­turn to mu­nic­i­pal pol-

itics. Be­fore he was first elected to Queen’s Park in 2011, Mr. Crack served as mayor of North Glen­garry and had been mayor of Alexan­dria prior to the 1998 amal­ga­ma­tion.

He says he looks for­ward to as­sist­ing the next Lib­eral can­di­date in the up­com­ing cam­paign and is con­fi­dent that Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell will “re­main red” and that the Lib­er­als will form an­other ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment “un­der the for­ward think­ing lead­er­ship of Premier Kath­leen Wynne.”

Mr. Crack is happy with his gov­ern­ment’s re­cent deficit bud­get, say­ing that it’s re­flec­tive of the needs of the peo­ple in On­tario – specif­i­cally in ar­eas like long-term care, child care, and health. He says that the gov­ern­ment can use a $600 mil­lion sur­plus to off­set some of the bud­get, but oth­er­wise says the deficit is both rea­son­able and man­age­able.

Rus­sell Mayor Pierre Ler­oux has de­clared his in­ten­tion to seek the Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion.

FILE PHOTO

BOW­ING OUT: Grant Crack is quit­ting two months af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated again as the Lib­eral provin­cial can­di­date.

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