After 10 years as the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London Jeff Yurek has announced his decision to not seek re-election in this years Ontario election.
Yurek who was first elected in 2011, said in a press release that he made three promises to himself before entering politics, "Represent the people of Elgin-Middlesex-London to my fullest ability, remain authentic and true to my values and beliefs, and recognize when it is the right time to step down."
The London based MPP said that he is proud of his accomplishments over the last 10 years in office including passing of Ryan's Law which enshrines protections for all Ontario students with asthma.
"My time in public life has been productive and there are many people to whom I extend my sincere thanks and gratitude. Without your encouragement and counsel the results may not have been as worthwhile for our community and province," he said in the statement.
Yurek was first named to cabinet in 2018 when Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives swept to power after 14 years of Liberal rule in the Ontario Province. He was named Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Environment Conservation and Parks. He was shuffled out of cabinet in June of 2021.
Prior to entering politics Yurek was a pharmacist.
This departure is another in a long line of candidates not running for re-election for the Progressive Conservatives. Currently there are 10 current or former (who have crossed to another party) PC MPP's who have announced their intentions to not seek re-election.
3 NDP MPP's and one Liberal MPP have also announced their intentions to not seek re-election in this years Ontario Election.