Finley Retires as Haldimand-Norfolk MP
May 11, 2021
Simcoe, ON– “When I was about nine years old, my mother sat me down the night before an election and explained democracy to me, how important it is, and how lucky we are to have it. I remember that conversation vividly, and I can tell you that from then on, I dreamed of one day fighting for my community. To everyone in Haldimand-Norfolk – I can’t thank you enough for making that little nine-year-old girl’s dream a reality,” said MP Diane Finley.
On May 11, 2021, the Honourable Diane Finley announced that she is stepping down as Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk, effective immediately. Even though she is retiring, her office in Simcoe will remain open to continue serving the community.
“People will inevitably ask me – why now? Why this date? Well, this date is incredibly meaningful to me, because this was the day that my late husband, Senator Doug Finley, died. He was one of my biggest supporters, both personally and professionally, and aside from each other, politics and public service were two of our greatest passions. It just seems fitting and symbolic that I also end my service and exit politics on the same date,” explained MP Finley.
With this announcement, the clock will begin ticking for the Liberals to hold a by-election to fill the post. A by-election must be held within six months, unless the Liberals decide to call a Federal general election before then – something that has been close to happening many times already.
“I want to reassure everyone that while I’m stepping down prior to the next election, my staff in Simcoe aren’t going anywhere. They will continue to be available to help you until the next MP is elected,” said Finley.
MP Finley has represented the riding of Haldimand-Norfolk for almost 17 years. First elected in June 2004 under the leadership of the Right Hon. Stephen Harper, she served in his cabinet for ten years. In Opposition, she held numerous critic portfolios, including Agriculture and Industry. She was also named Conservative Caucus-Party Liaison and was a member of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians.
Throughout the years, Diane Finley has worked hard to get results for Haldimand-Norfolk and for Canada. Some of her proudest accomplishments have been creating the Universal Child Care Benefit, delivering citizenship for thousands of “Lost Canadians,” providing tobacco transition supports, creating protections for victims of human trafficking, establishing a showcase for workplace adaptations for persons with disabilities, personally designing the Service Canada logo, delivering countless local community infrastructure projects, and retiring the military’s Sea King helicopters by taking possession of the first six replacement Cyclones after years of inaction on the file.
“Throughout this crazy ride, I’ve been so blessed to have amazing people by my side, and I want to thank each and every one of them. From my family and friends, to my staff, to the countless volunteers, and of course the people of Haldimand-Norfolk – you have stuck by me through it all and helped me fill this job with memories that I will always cherish. Like the hero of the nine-year-old me, Winnie the Pooh, said, ‘How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.’ Thank you everyone,” Finley said with a smile.
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