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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:26 am    Post subject: Conservative mp Gerry Ritz to retire Reply with quote

( another mp is leaving the house of commons according to reports )


Conservative MP Gerry Ritz set to announce his resignation: sources



Long-time Conservative MP Gerry Ritz is expected to announce he’s leaving federal politics, sources tell CTV News.




Rachel Aiello, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer

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Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017 6:25PM EDT


OTTAWA – Long-time Conservative MP Gerry Ritz is expected to announce he’s leaving federal politics, sources tell CTV News.

Ritz’s office confirmed he is making an announcement about the future of his political career tomorrow.

Ritz has been the MP for Battlefords-Lloydminster, Sask., for 20 years. His office would not comment on the nature of the announcement, but said Ritz will have more to say Thursday morning.

Gerry Ritz
Gerry Ritz in the foyer of the House of Commons, Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

First elected as Reform Party MP in 1997, Ritz became minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food in 2007 under then- prime minister Stephen Harper, and held that cabinet post until the Liberals formed government in 2015. Since the Conservatives have been in opposition, Ritz had been international trade critic, a position Scheer gave to Ontario MP Dean Allison when he unveiled his critic roster Wednesday.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics.....-1.3569120
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Conservative MP Gerry Ritz to announce his resignation, sources say

'I'm not ashamed of anything I have done or how I've done it,' says former agriculture minister

The Canadian Press Posted: Aug 30, 2017 7:41 PM ET| Last Updated: Aug 30, 2017 8:32 PM ET

Former agriculture minister Gerry Ritz is leaving federal politics the Canadian Press reports.


Gerry Ritz, one of the longest serving Conservative members of Parliament, is leaving federal political life.

Sources tell The Canadian Press the former agriculture minister and MP for a Saskatchewan riding is expected to make the announcement this week.

Ritz was first elected in 1997 as a member of the Reform Party, and went on to win his seat in every subsequent federal election.

Between 2007 and 2015, he served as agriculture minister under former prime minister Stephen Harper, overseeing among other things the marquee Conservative promise to overhaul the Canadian Wheat Board.


In 2008, in the midst of an outbreak of listeriosis that killed about 20 people, he drew widespread condemnation for cracking a joke that the political damage from the issue was "like a death by a thousand cuts. Or should I say cold cuts."

He later apologized for the remark, which Harper's office had called tasteless and completely inappropriate.

Ritz had informed Scheer of his planned retirement earlier this summer as the Conservative leader was in the midst of putting together his shadow cabinet.

Under interim party leader Rona Ambrose, Ritz had served as critic for international trade. That position will now be held by Ontario MP Dean Allison.

'I'm not ashamed of anything'

Ritz, 66, had spent two decades working as a farmer before entering political life. He won office in the same election that saw Deepak Obhrai secure a seat for the Reform Party in Calgary — Obhrai was sworn in before Ritz, because of the alphabetical list, so is technically considered the longest serving Tory MP.

But the duo represent the last of the old Reform guard in the House of Commons.

Just after the Tories were reduced to Opposition status last election, Ritz told the Manitoba Cooperator his wife had hoped he wouldn't run again in the 2015 race, but he felt had unfinished business.

"I'm not ashamed of anything I have done or how I've done it," he said.

"I certainly will look anybody in the eye and say 'the greater good prevailed' and that's what democracy is all about — having your say but not having your way (necessarily) with the election we just went through."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politic.....-1.4269496
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gerry Ritz MP

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Today I am announcing my intent to resign as the Member of Parliament for Battlefords-Lloydminster.

I will not be returning to my seat in the House of Commons this fall.

It has been a sincere honour and privilege to serve the people of Battlefords-Lloydminster; I thank them for the confidence they placed in me for the past 20 years.
I also want to thank my colleagues in both the House and the Senate, as well as the civil service. I also want to thank all of the staff with whom I had the pleasure of working in my capacity as Member of Parliament and as the Minister of Agriculture. They have all proved themselves to be exceptional people, with the best interest of our great country Canada at heart.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

August 31, 2017 4:07 pm

Retiring Tory MP Gerry Ritz won’t run to lead Saskatchewan Party


By Terry Pedwell The Canadian Press



Gerry Ritz, who announced he is leaving federal politics, said he is not entering the race to be the next leader of the Saskatchewan Party.




Gerry Ritz won’t enter the race to lead the Saskatchewan Party, the long-serving Conservative MP said Thursday, after announcing he’s leaving federal politics.

“It is out of the question,” Ritz said in a telephone interview, suggesting he’s finished with political office.



“After 25 years involved at the federal level, I’m not sure there’s enough fire in the belly left to take on a challenge at that level.”

READ MORE: Tory MP Gerry Ritz to step away from public life

That doesn’t mean he won’t be active in supporting someone in the race to replace outgoing Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, Ritz said.


“I just don’t see myself in that capacity.”

Ritz added that he has been paying close attention to the leadership race, although he hasn’t yet picked a favourite to support before the party chooses a new leader in January.

In a statement posted earlier on social media, Ritz confirmed he won’t be back in the Commons when House business resumes next month.

“Today, I am announcing my intent to resign as the member of Parliament for Battlefords-Lloydminster,” Ritz posted on Twitter.

“I will not be returning to my seat in the House of Commons this fall.”


Ritz was first elected in 1997 and held his Saskatchewan riding for two decades, first as a Reform party member, then under the Canadian Alliance banner before it merged with the Progressive Conservatives to become the Conservative party.

Between 2007 and 2015, he served as agriculture minister under former prime minister Stephen Harper, overseeing, among other things, the marquee Conservative promise to overhaul the Canadian Wheat Board.

READ MORE: Gerry Ritz didn’t get the answers ‘he was hoping for’ on NAFTA

It was during that time, in the midst of a 2008 outbreak of listeriosis that killed about 20 people, that the outspoken Ritz drew widespread condemnation for cracking a joke that the political damage from the issue was “like a death by a thousand cuts. Or should I say cold cuts.”

He later apologized for the remark, which Harper’s office had called tasteless and completely inappropriate.

Ritz said he informed Andrew Scheer of his planned retirement two weeks ago as the Conservative leader was in the midst of putting together his shadow cabinet.

Ritz, 66, spent two decades as a farmer before entering politics. He won office in the same election that saw Deepak Obhrai secure a seat for the Reform party in Calgary – Obhrai was sworn in before Ritz, because of the alphabetical list, and is technically considered the longest-serving Tory MP.

But the duo represent the last of the old Reform guard in the Commons.

After the Liberals came to power and Harper stepped down as Conservative leader, Ritz served as international trade critic under interim party leader Rona Ambrose.

In his Thursday tweet, Ritz extended thanks to his colleagues as well as his constituents.

“It has been an honour and privilege to serve the people of Battlefords-Lloydminster; I thank them for the confidence they placed in me for the past 20 years,” he wrote.

Ritz also had high praise Thursday for Premier Wall’s tenure in office, saying his replacement will have “some pretty big shoes to fill.”

READ MORE: Saskatchewan Party to elect new leader in January

There are five declared candidates for the provincial party’s leadership so far.

Party members are to select their new leader on Jan. 27 in Saskatoon.

http://globalnews.ca/news/3710.....eadership/
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