TORONTO — Veteran MPP Kwinter and the Ontario Liberal Party together announced today that he will not stand for re-election in York Centre, and will retire after the June 2018 election. Kwinter has enjoyed a distinguished career in the Ontario Legislature, and he currently holds the record as the oldest member of the Ontario Legislature and each day that he serves, he sets a new record.
“It has been a distinct honour to serve my community in the Legislature over the past thirty-two years,” said Kwinter. “I am proud of what we accomplished during that time in my riding, and it has been a privilege to serve under three Liberal Premiers.”
Premier Kathleen Wynne praised Kwinter, saying, “Monte’s representation for his constituency, for the Jewish community, and his stalwart example to MPPs of all stripes is a testament to his character. I know he will retire as a beloved member of the Legislature and a mentor to many.”
Monte Kwinter was first elected to the Legislature in 1985, serving as Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations and Minister of Financial Institutions, Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology, in the government of Premier David Peterson. Under Premier Dalton McGuinty, Kwinter served as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Solicitor General and then as Chair of the Ontario Investment Trade Advisory Council. Under Premier Kathleen Wynne, he initially served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. He presently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of International Trade and Chair of the Ontario Investment Trade Advisory Council.
“I remain as passionate about my work as ever and am proud of the progressive policies this government is enacting to build Ontario up,” but, Kwinter added, “the time has come to let the next generation serve, and I look forward to offering my support to our future York Centre Liberal MPP.”
A nomination date for the riding will be announced at a future time.