Kitchener Centre MPP John Milloy won’t run in next election
Published Friday, February 28, 2014 10:46AM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 28, 2014 6:27PM EST
John Milloy hopes a provincial election is still some time away – but whenever it does come, the Kitchener Centre MPP won’t be a part of it.
After more than 10 years in office, Milloy announced Friday that he is retiring from provincial politics following the end of the current legislative session at Queen’s Park.
“I love this job, but I think I’ve reached a point in my life where I might want to pursue other opportunities,” he tells CTV News.
The third-term MPP says he doesn’t know what those opportunities will be – and they won’t be pursued until after the province is plunged into its next election – but they won’t include running for municipal or federal office.
“I would never say never, but certainly in the immediate term, I have no plans in that direction,” he says.
Milloy was first elected to Queen’s Park in 2003, retaining his seat in 2007 and 2011.
He has held a number of positions in the provincial cabinet, including spending several years as minister of training, colleges and universities.
During a 2013 cabinet shuffle, Milloy was reassigned to become minister of government services.
But it’s local accomplishments he points to as highlights of his time in office – particularly the establishment of McMaster University’s satellite medical campus in downtown Kitchener and its effect on alleviating Waterloo Region’s doctor shortage.
“Ten years ago, we were getting dozens and dozens of calls every week from people looking for a family doctor,” he says.
“Now, I realize there are those who are still searching … but it is so much better and such a real system, the medical system in place.”
Other accomplishments Milloy cites include the growth of Communitech, building of a new, consolidated courthouse in downtown Kitchener and arrival of GO Transit service in the region.
Milloy lives in Kitchener with his wife and two young children, and says he plans to remain in the community for the foreseeable future.
As the Ontario Liberal Party currently runs Ontario with a minority government, the date of the next election is not known, but a spring election is possible if the Progressive Conservatives and NDP both vote against the provincial budget.
The PCs have already nominated former MPP Wayne Wettlaufer, who held the seat before Milloy, as their Kitchener Centre candidate for the next election, while the NDP have yet to name a candidate.