Published on Feb 8, 2013
February 8, 2013
It has been an honour to serve you as your MPP since October, 2003, and to have served in the Cabinet for the same period. Every day I have worked hard to live up to the trust you have placed in me. We have accomplished a great deal together. Although it is a hard decision, it is time. I will be resigning my seat on February 14. It is time to start writing the next chapter in my life, one with more room for my wife Wendy, and my daughters Julia and Jocelyn.
I have always been driven by a desire to help others, and to make a difference. It inspired me as a lawyer, and was the reason I sought elected office. The past 9 years have been everything I thought they could be, and more.
Our Government got the main initiatives right over the past 9 years in the face of some very challenging times, but not everything. I have always done what I believed to be right for the people I serve.
I have enjoyed taking a fresh approach to long-standing challenges. Provincial initiatives to reduce workplace injuries by redesigning our approach to workplace health and safety, speeding up the criminal justice system by removing unnecessary appearances, helping those with family disputes resolve them faster, providing easier access to training and employment assistance, and getting out of coal are a few examples. Being part of a team that was recognized by the United Nations for improving relations with Aboriginal Peoples was humbling.
London is my home. Obtaining long-promised funding for our hospital expansions, strengthening our strong, local education advantage, from elementary to postsecondary, and securing the funding for the protection of the Robarts Research Institute and the new imaging magnets are just a few examples of our work together. Job opportunities have always been top of mind for me, and taking better advantage of what we have, such as our location along the 401-402, has been particularly exciting work. Then there are the unique and creative initiatives, such as Think Global, Act Local, and community ones such as the Normal School protection. Every day my staff and I have worked hard for you on your individual issues.
The World is changing fast, and with those changes come challenges. One of the reasons that I am very confident we can meet those challenges is the work you do every day to help others. Most of that work has been done without notice or thanks. Let me say -- thank you. I have always believed that each of us has the ability to make the lives of others better. You prove that belief right every day.
My desire to make a difference is as strong as ever. I have held a number of positions and titles, but positions and titles alone do not make a difference. It is not what we are, but what we do, that makes a difference.
Anything that I have achieved or accomplished in life, I have done so with the help, advice, support and encouragement of others. Thank you to my family and friends, colleagues, constituency and ministry staff, the riding association, supporters, and, of course, the voters.
I look forward to working with you to make a difference.