Okanagan -Coquihalla MP Stockwell Day says he will not run in the next election.
After nearly 25 years in politics, 11 as MP for the riding that includes the West Kelowna and Peachland, Day issued a statement Saturday morning saying he will not seek re-election next time Canadians go to the polls.
The country’s current Treasury Board president said it was time for him to move on.
In his statement, Day, 61, thanked his wife, family and colleagues for their support throughout the years.
“Though there would be exciting and satisfying days ahead in public office, after prayerful consideration, (my wife) Valorie and I feel at peace with our decision,” he said.
“To my wife, who more than any person on earth is responsible for each and every success I have been allowed to experience.”
Day started in federal politics as leader of the Canadian Alliance and but lost the leadership to Stephen Harper. When the party became the Conservative Party, he assumed a major role as one of Harper’s top cabinet ministers. He has served as public safety and international trade minister, as well as his current position as Treasury Board president. Before federal politics, he was an Alberta MLA and cabinet minister in the Conservative government. He served as finance minister for that province.
He said he will forever cherish his years in politics.
The top Tory also expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Stephen Harper for serving under his leadership and wished him “full success” in the days ahead.
“That leadership has led our nation through the most troubling economic times in over half a century.”
Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Stockwell Day’s full statement:
It will be exactly 25 years ago on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, that I was honoured with my first nomination to public office.
Now, after 14 years in provincial government and almost eleven years at the federal level it is time to move on. I hereby announce that I will not be seeking re-election at the end of this mandate.
Though there would be exciting and satisfying days ahead in public office, after prayerful consideration, Valorie and I feel at peace with our decision.
Along with memories which I will forever cherish, I will also forever carry a debt of unrepayable gratitude to so many people;
To my wife, who more than any person on earth is responsible for each and every success I have been allowed to experience. Her unlimited inner strength, unfailing love and untold reserves of grace have seen us through the most incredible challenges and the most wonderful breakthroughs.
To our dear family members, who have been arm in arm with us every step of the way, we would have been lost without them;
To so many supporters, workers and colleagues through the years who gave so unselfishly in too many ways to mention;
To constituents in the cities and towns from two of Canada’s most beautiful provinces, for their input, guidance and trust in electing me on 9 separate occasions to represent them;
And to Prime Minister Harper for allowing me the privilege to serve under his outstanding leadership. That leadership has led our nation through the most troubling economic times in over half a century.
His belief (and insistence within his caucus) that every MP must be allowed equal ground to speak up vigorously for their constituents is the foundation of decision making upon which we develop the policies for our nation.
I wish the Prime Minister full success in the days ahead in the efforts on behalf of all Canadians in maintaining a Canada that stands strong and free.
And I pledge my ongoing, whole hearted support in that shared pursuit.
“They desired a better country.”
Stockwell Day, M.P.