Statement from Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole on the retirement of Diane Finley

Statement from Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole on the retirement of Diane Finley


May 11, 2021

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on the retirement of the Hon. Diane Finley:

“On the eighth anniversary of the passing of her late husband, Doug Finley, our friend and colleague Diane Finley graciously retired as the Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk after a distinguished parliamentary career.

“For almost two decades, Diane has dedicated her life to public service and representing her constituents as a hard-working Member of Parliament. Diane served as a senior cabinet minister in the Harper government and was an important leader within caucus both in government and in opposition. Throughout her career, Diane has been a tireless advocate for Canadians.

“Among her accomplishments, Diane championed the creation of the Universal Child Care Benefit, delivering citizenship to thousands of ‘lost Canadians’ who arrived after the Second World War, promoting and delivering the Tobacco Transition Support program, imposing measures to protect potential victims of human sex trafficking in Canada, stick-handling numerous infrastructure projects in Haldimand-Norfolk through the federal bureaucracy, and retiring and replacing Canada’s aging fleet of Sea King helicopters. As a former Sea King navigator, I especially appreciated her work on that file.

“Diane’s legacy will live on in the halls of Parliament, and politicians of all political stripes should strive to serve with the same commitment and passion to their constituents.

“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, Rebecca and I wish Diane all of the best as she embarks on her next chapter. As a colleague, your voice on important issues will be missed, but we are grateful to continue to call you a dear friend.”



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