Local MPPs Walker and Thompson acclaimed

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker looks on as Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson speaks during an announcement in Kincardine in 2019 of funding for a project to bring natrual gas to southern Bruce County.
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Three-term local MPPs Bill Walker and Lisa Thompson were acclaimed as Progressive Conservative candidates in the next provincial election, which Ontario PC Premier Doug Ford said this week wouldn’t be called until its regular date, June 22, 2022.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker, the associate minister of energy, was acclaimed on Sept. 26, PC electoral district riding association announced. “I am humbled and honoured to have been selected to represent our party in the next provincial election,” Walker is quoted saying in a news release.

“We truly live in the greatest riding in the province and it has been a privilege to represent the great people of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. We have accomplished a great deal both across the province and right here in Bruce and Grey and I look forward to continuing to work day in and day out to serve the people to the best of my abilities.”

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, the minister of government and consumer services and registrar general, was also acclaimed as the next PC candidate in her riding. “I have always advocated for the priorities of Huron-Bruce,” a news release from the Huron-Bruce PC riding association which announced her acclamation quoted her saying.

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue my efforts to demonstrate the important need for broadband, as well as the need to support strong community economic development and the infrastructure that goes hand in hand.

“I am extremely proud and humbled to have been given the honour of representing the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario in the next election.”

Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson, who held many ministerial portfolios and was interim leader of the Ontario PC party, has announced he will not be seeking re-election.

In late 2018, the premier asked Wilson to resign from cabinet and caucus. Ford confirmed there was an allegation of sexual misconduct against Wilson, in addition to initially confirming Wilson was stepping down to seek treatment for addiction issues. Wilson has served the area since 1990.

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