MPP Jim Wilson will not seek re-election

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Long-time Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson announced Thursday he will not be seeking re-election.
“Although I have been discussing my intentions with family, friends and constituents for months, I have today formally informed the Simcoe-Grey Progressive Conservative Riding Association that I will not be seeking the party nomination to run as their candidate in the next Ontario provincial election; nor will I run as an independent candidate,” said Wilson in a statement. 
“It has been my privilege and pleasure to have represented the riding for more than 30 years. I am grateful for the support shown me since I was first elected in 1990, and returned to the legislature with healthy pluralities in seven subsequent General Elections. In that time, our region has experienced significant growth, and I have done my best in government, in opposition and independently to ensure that the province delivered the services and infrastructure our families, businesses and communities need to succeed and prosper into the future.”
Wilson said, until the next election, he will continue to fight for the priorities of constituents, including advancing the proposed redevelopments of hospitals in Collingwood and Alliston hospitals, advocating for the business community, and people living with Cystic Fibrosis. 
“As always, the well-being of individuals and families will guide my actions,” said Wilson.
 “I do not know what is in store for me personally in the years to come. Be assured that I will always have the best interests of Simcoe-Grey in mind and will continue to contribute in any way that I can. Thank you everyone for your help and support. I am honoured and humbled.” 
In 2018, Wilson resigned as Minister of Economic Development and Job Creation to seek treatment for addiction issues as a result of allegations of sexual misconduct. He then sat as an independent.
The next provincial election will be held on or before June 2, 2022.

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