Ontario Progressive Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament Jim McDonell has announced his retirement from elected politics Tuesday Morning.
The MPP has been in elected politics since 2011. He was re-elected in 2014 and then again in 2018.
Donnell in an announcement on his website, said that he has enjoyed serving as MPP for the past decade, "I have truly enjoyed serving as our community’s MPP for the past decade, and I have been blessed by a wonderful family, especially my wife Margie and a group of colleagues who have supported me in my work."
Looking back he went on to say that he has been proud of what he and the PC government has accomplished, “I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish locally and across Ontario under the leadership of Doug Ford with a great team at Queen’s Park. However, the time has come to pass the torch and to enjoy the next chapter of my life closer to home."
While departing elected office, McDonell says that he while hes leaving office, he still be will active, "I will still be very active to continue to improve our quality of life here at home in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry."
Before being elected to the Ontario legislature, McDonell was elected to municipal council in 1994 and served as Mayor of South Glengarry (2003-2011) and as Warden of the United Counties of Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry (2006).
Erin Duncan the Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry said in a tweet after the news broke, "Jim has been a calm, positive leader, & we've become good friends. He's earned the chance to be home more with Margie & their wonderful family in Glengarry."
The next general election is scheduled to take place in June of 2022.