Deputy Premier Deb Matthews speaking at the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre in London, March 16, 2017. (Photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News.)

Matthews Not Running Again

The MPP for London North Centre and Ontario’s deputy premier says she will not run for re-election next year.

Deb Matthews announced Friday that, 14 years after she was elected, she is ready to leave Queen’s Park.

“I will not be seeking re-election in London North Centre next year,” Matthews said in a statement released to the media Friday afternoon. “I am, however, excited and honoured to continue to serve as co-chair of the election campaign, and will begin to explore opportunities for the next chapter in life on June 8. While I don’t know what that will be, I most certainly will continue to find ways to engage in public service.”

Matthews was elected MPP for London North Centre in 2003, defeating then-cabinet minister Dianne Cunningham. In her time in government, she has been parliamentary secretary to the minister of community and social services, minister of children and youth services and minister responsible for women’s issues, minister of health, president of the Treasury Board, and minister of advanced education and skills.

“As I prepare to leave elected life, I have one message. Politics matters. Politicians matter. It matters who gets elected. I am challenging all people, especially those who are not often enough heard, to be engaged and active in the political process. Run for office if you can. Support candidates who reflect your values if you can’t. It’s not enough to complain about things. Be a part of the change you can imagine,” Matthews wrote in her statement.

Matthews is the latest prominent Liberal MPP to announce a departure from elected office. Brad Duguid, Liz Sandals, Dave Levac, and Monte Kwinter also announced they won’t seek re-election. Former environment minister Glen Murray resigned his seat in July to join the private sector.