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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:42 am    Post subject: Sydney Victoria lib mp Mark Eyking to retire Reply with quote

( another liberal mp from Nova Scotia is retiring after a long run in Ottawa , leaving yet another NS riding vacant in 2019 , be very challenging for the liberals to keep those 4 vacant or even 5 if another one retires )


'It's been a wonderful run': Long-time Cape Breton MP Mark Eyking won't reoffer



Eyking, 58, cites the cleanup of the Sydney tar ponds among his biggest career accomplishments



Wendy Martin · CBC News · Posted: Feb 13, 2019 6:00 AM AT | Last Updated: 2 hours ago



Mark Eyking was first elected in 2000 to the federal riding of Sydney-Victoria. (CBC)


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Mark Eyking clearly remembers the day the Liberal Party asked him to run for a seat in the House of Commons.

That was in the fall of 2000.

Eyking, now 58, initially had no intentions of running. But the farmer had "a garage and a staple gun" and decided he could help the party with its campaign signs.


"I was in the broccoli field," he said. "They came and approached me and I said, 'Wow!' I didn't think my wife Pam would even consider it and she said, 'Well, I think you'd do a great job.'"

Nineteen years later, Eyking said he's had a "long, wonderful run" — but it's time to retire.

"There's a time when you say, 'OK, are you going to go again or are you not?'" said Eyking, the member for Sydney-Victoria. "I think in fairness to everyone, you don't wait until the last minute."

During his time in the House, Eyking has served as agriculture critic and chair of the standing committee on international trade.

Among his proudest accomplishments, he lists securing funding for a second cruise ship berth for the Port of Sydney, and the cleanup of the toxic mess left behind from Sydney's steel-making past, known as the Sydney tar ponds.

Mark Eyking argued port development would increase traffic, especially in the cruise ship sector. (Warren Gordon)

Eyking recalled phoning Paul Martin shortly after he was elected prime minister and asking about getting funding for the $400-million tar ponds project.

Martin told Eyking they needed a commitment from the provincial government first. So Eyking rang then-premier John Hamm on his cellphone.

"I said, 'Mr. Premier, I have the prime minister here. He wonders how much money you can put into cleaning the tar ponds.' And he said, 'Well, Mark, we can only put 40 per cent in. So you tell your prime minister that's all we got.' So I went back to Paul Martin and said, 'The premier said he has 40 per cent.' I think that was about $160 million. And Mr. Martin said, 'I guess we're in for the rest. So let's get it done.'"

Eyking said it was the "most exciting couple of hours" of his life.


After 19 years, Mark Eyking is hanging up his political hat. (Steve Sutherland/CBC)

The MP said the job was difficult, too, especially in the early years. He admits to almost throwing in the towel while trying to adjust to "life in the big city" and spending time away from his young family.

But eventually, he said, he learned how to "roll with it."

Eyking said he still has one goal before his term expires this fall. He wants employment insurance benefits extended for people suffering from serious illness, such as cancer.

Right now, he said, they're eligible for 15 weeks of EI, but many are just starting treatment at that point.

"And all of a sudden, they're losing their car, they're under stress," said Eyking.

Eyking said he doesn't have specific plans after he retires, but wants to spend more time with his grandchildren and perhaps explore his passions in food and agriculture.

And nearly 19 years to the day after he began his first campaign, Eyking plans to be back on his farm in Cape Breton.

"Come October 20th, I'm going to go jump back on that tractor, I guess."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/sydney-victoria-mp-mark-eyking-won-t-reoffer-in-2019-fall-election-1.5016477
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark Eyking will not seek re-election




Cape Breton Post
Published: 2 hours ago
Updated: 56 minutes ago



SYDNEY, N.S. — After a 19-year run as the member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria, Mark Eyking has announced he will not seek re-election in the next federal election.

The move was announced through a press release sent to media this morning at 5:40 a.m. In that release, Eyking said it was time to move on to the next chapter.


"The decision not to run in the upcoming federal election has not been easy for me, especially with the many wonderful relationships made at home and abroad," he wrote in the release.

"My travels in the last 19 years have brought me to virtually all homes in my riding, every province and territory and many countries around the world. We have many challenges in this riding but there is no better region to represent because of the hard work and resilience of our people."

MORE TO COME


https://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/mark-eyking-will-not-seek-re-election-283984/
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looking thru the ridings history , Mark Eyking won by a massive margin in 2015 and cpc only got 10 % of the vote


although in 2011 the conservatives came within a couple hundred votes of winning the riding when Cecil Clarke was there candidate ( he had been a long time mla for the area )

and from 2000-2008 the ndp came second and it was a strong riding for them and voted ndp in 1997 when they won the 2 Cape Breton ridings


currently no word as to who conservative or ndp candidates will be
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( some are speculating something is not well with the east coast liberals as Roger Cuzner has also mused about not running but I think this mp is at a natural age as he's been an mp since 2000 to retire )



Don Martin‏Verified account @DonMartinCTV · 1h1 hour ago


He's not exactly a household name, but the decision by class-act @MarkEyking_MP to leave as a Liberal MP in Cape Breton is a sign all is not well in the big red Atlantic Canada tent.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'It's time to move on': Cape Breton MP Mark Eyking won't seek re-election

Mark Eyking
Liberal MP Mark Eyking has represented the riding of Sydney-Victoria for 19 years.


CTV Atlantic
Published Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:52AM AST



Longtime Cape Breton Liberal MP Mark Eyking has announced he will not seek re-election in the upcoming federal election.

“Serving you in Ottawa for the past 19 years has been one of the greatest honours of my life,” said Eyking in a statement released Wednesday.

“I've come to a stage in my life that's telling me I have had a great run, and it's time to move on to the next chapter.”

Eyking has represented the riding of Sydney-Victoria for 19 years, having first been elected in November 2000. He has been re-elected five times since then.

“I would first like to thank the constituents of Sydney-Victoria for giving me the privilege to represent them, work for them and our great country,” said Eyking.

“The decision not to run in the upcoming Federal Election has not been easy for me, especially with the many wonderful relationships made at home and abroad.”

Eyking also thanked his team and staff, as well as his wife, Pam, and their family.

The federal election is slated for October 2019.

https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/it-s-time-to-move-on-cape-breton-mp-mark-eyking-won-t-seek-re-election-1.4295176
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Political field wide open after Cape Breton MP retirement


Chris Connors (christopher.connors@cbpost.com)

Published: 10 hours ago


Mark Eyking and his wife Pam gathered with supporters in Sydney on election night Nov. 27, 2000 to celebrate his election as Sydney-Victoria Liberal MP.


With Eyking announcement, Liberals unlikely to ‘find somebody who can also wrangle a beaver’


A Cape Breton farmer’s sudden retirement from politics has left the field wide open in the next federal election.

On Wednesday, MP Marking Eyking announced he will not run for re-election after holding the Sydney-Victoria seat for the past 19 years. The unexpected departure of the seemingly unbeatable egg scion (and vegetable farmer) leaves the local Liberals scrambling to find a replacement and gives the rival Conservatives and New Democrats a fair crack at the riding.


David Johnson

“The Liberals have to find someone new who may not have great recognition beyond the local constituency association,” political scientist David Johnson told the Cape Breton Post — adding that it’s unlikely they will “find somebody who can also wrangle a beaver” in reference to a widely publicized April 2009 incident when Eyking and Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner industriously escorted an errant beaver through three blocks of downtown traffic to the Ottawa River. “It also means that the main contenders — the Conservatives and the NDP — have more of an open opportunity now to put up a candidate of theirs who may have lesser name recognition than Mark Eyking; now that’s not as much of a problem. They have a candidate going up against a new Liberal candidate who also does not necessarily have great name recognition, so it makes it more fluid. It’s a potentially tighter race than the type of races the Liberals have had here.”

Johnson, a professor at Cape Breton University, said Eyking’s role in the Sydney tar ponds cleanup is his crowning political achievement, calling it a “major, major accomplishment.”

“I would think the great legacy item would be the tar ponds cleanup. He’s mentioned that, and he’s right. Looking back over the last 19 years, the one great change and great initiative that has happened here is the cleanup of the Sydney tar ponds.”

Mark Eyking and his wife Pam share a kiss at his victory party after being elected as the Liberal MP for the riding of Sydney-Victoria on Nov 27, 2000.
Mark Eyking and his wife Pam share a kiss at his victory party after being elected as the Liberal MP for the riding of Sydney-Victoria on Nov 27, 2000.

However, Johnson added that it’s worth noting that neither Eyking nor Cuzner have ever been rewarded with cabinet posts, despite both serving for six consecutive terms in the House of Commons.

In some ways Cape Breton’s only two members of Parliament have been victims of their own success, and may be overlooked because their seats have long been considered sure bets for the Liberals.

And the recent appointment of a rookie female MP from Nova Scotia to the Rural Economic Development portfolio — a position the 58-year-old Eyking with his deep-running agricultural roots seems ideally suited for — also signals that there won’t be many ministerial opportunities ahead for older white men in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government.

“Now I’m not privy to anything — I’m just pondering this as a political scientist — when Justin Trudeau and his advisers are thinking ‘We need to appoint somebody. Scott Brison is retiring. Who do we have down in Nova Scotia that we can put into cabinet and where can that person make most effect in helping to win or helping to hold ridings that we might lose in the next election if the Conservatives are becoming resurgent?’ These senior PMO people looking at Nova Scotia ridings and electoral history, they might say ‘Oh, yeah, we have these two ridings in Cape Breton, they are two of the safest ridings we have in the entire country. We don’t have to worry about winning them. Oh, but South Shore–St. Margarets, that is a swing riding. It’s gone Liberal, we have a Liberal MP there now, Bernadette Jordan, but in the past that’s been solid Conservative country. Maybe we put Bernadette Jordan into cabinet, hopefully that solidifies a Liberal hold on South Shore-St. Margarets.’ I would not be surprised if they’re thinking like that, meaning ridings for 19 years — that actually leads to these ridings being taken for granted.

“There are a number of considerations, but clearly at one level Justin Trudeau is looking for gender balance and he’s looking for women in cabinet, so at one level Bernadette Jordan fits the bill there.”


https://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/political-field-wide-open-after-cape-breton-mp-retirement-284293/
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