Leitch came 6th in leadership race that included pitch for immigrant values screening
Jan 24, 2018
Conservative MP Kellie Leitch will not seek re-election in 2019.
"My time in politics has been a genuine privilege, and I will always be thankful to the constituents of Simcoe-Grey for their tremendous support," Leitch said in a statement late Tuesday. "I have concluded, however, that the time has come for me to serve in other ways, including as a surgeon and volunteer."
She gave no specific reason for her departure beyond saying is it time "to return to the public service that is the core of my being."
She said she will serve out the rest of her term, but then "I'm looking forward to getting kids back on the playground to play."
"She has been a valued member of the caucus for a long period of time," said Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.
Leitch, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, was first elected in her Ontario riding in 2011 and made a failed bid for the party's leadership last year.
She was the first official candidate in the race, but her bid sparked controversy after she proposed a questionnaire that would screen potential immigrants for Canadian values. She finished sixth.
Scheer won the leadership race and subsequently left Leitch out of his shadow cabinet.
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