‘Finished with politics’
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.
BOWING OUT: Grant Crack is quitting two months after being nominated again as the Liberal provincial candidate.