Posted on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 9 a.m.
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell will stay Liberal says MPP Grant Crack
Grant Crack expects Liberal Red will remain the political colour for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell even if he is no longer MPP for the riding after the June provincial election.
Crack issued a news release Thursday morning to announce his decision to step down as MPP, about a month before the official campaign period starts for the June 7 provincial election. The announcement comes about two months after he was reconfirmed without opposition as the Liberal candidate for the GPR during the riding association’s January nomination meeting.
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“This is something we’ve been thinking about,” Crack said during a later afternoon phone interview, adding that he and his family had discussed “for well over a year how we wanted to live our lives” and whether or not he felt up spending another four years away from home either in Toronto at the provincial legislature or on the road travelling throughout the riding.
Crack said his decision to step down as MPP is not due to any concern that the Liberals could lose the election and he might end up spending the next four years on the Opposition side of the legislature.
“We are going to win again,” he said. “If it’s not with a majority, it will be (with) a strong minority. Whether I was to be reelected or not had no bearing on this decision.”
Crack replaced Jean-Marc Lalonde as the Liberal MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell after winning the 2011 provincial election. During his two terms in office Crack has served as parliamentary secretary to the education minister and now is the parliamentary secretary for agriculture, food, and rural affairs.
Meanwhile Pierre Leroux, mayor of Russell Township, has announced that he will see the nomination as the new Liberal candidate for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.