MP Retires

After a landslide victory in May 2011, Dr. Kellie Leitch has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey for the past eight years. She has served as Minister for The Status of Women and Minister of Labour. Her supporters held a retirement party at Station on the Green in Creemore on June 22nd. Kellie thanked the supporters and volunteers who helped her stating that she would not be seeking re-election in October and has decided to return to her first love, as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, accepting a position as Chief of Pediatric Orthopedics at the University of Mississippi. Former Essa Mayor and Simcoe County Warden, Terry Dowdall, who won the Conservative nomination for Simcoe-Grey in March 2018, hopes to succeed Leitch in the upcoming Federal Election. While a slide show was playing photos, speakers like Stockwell Day talked about Kellie’s strong leadership and dedication to helping her constituents by proposing child tax credits and supporting local municipalities with federal infrastructure funding. George Watson, past president of the Simcoe-Grey Conservative Riding Association, presented Kellie with a special chair that is the exact replica of the chair she used to sit in while she served in Parliament. Kellie was overjoyed with the gift. Photos/Story: Bryan Davies Photography