With days until the writ being issued on the Ontario Election, Ontario NDP MPP (Toronto-Centre) announced via social media that she was withdrawing from the election to focus on health.
Suze Morrison, who was first elected in 2018, said she was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2019 and has slowly gotten worse over the last two years, "I’m doing well, but being an MPP is a demanding role and I need to slow down for a while.
"About one in 10 people who menstruate in Canada have endometriosis. This past year I worked closely with Marit Stiles (Ontario MPP) to declare March as Endometriosis Awareness Month," she added.
Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus.
During the last four years, Morrison said that she has accomplished so much, "Together we have accomplished so much. We fought to save the Foundry from Ford’s wrecking ball. We fought for an eviction ban during the worst of the pandemic. And we introduced new legislation to improve access to gender-affirming health care."
Morrison becomes the 5 NDP MPP to announce that they aren't seeking re-election in the 2022 Ontario Election, and 20th overall MPP to announce their intentions to not stand for re-election.
The Ontario Election is expected to be held on June 2nd.