Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod. (File photo)

MP Cathy McLeod not seeking re-election

After 12 years as MP, McLeod is looking to write a new chapter

After four terms in office Cathy McLeod, MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, has announced she will not be seeking re-election.

McLeod said serving as MP for the last 12 years has been an honour, privilege and pleasure and she’s has enjoyed the opportunity to influence the direction of Canada on the national stage. She also takes pleasure in driving through the community and looking at all the projects she’s supported over the years with “the wonderful people I’ve met” after starting the job.

As a member of government, McLeod served as a parliamentary secretary who worked to reduce red tape around small businesses and later, while working for the Minister of Labour, she focused on mental health in the workplace. As an opposition member, she said her work centres on strengthening Indigenous relations with the Crown to work towards reconciliation.

With a minority government, McLeod said you never know when the next election will be called, whether it be in a few weeks or a year. She decided to step aside, she said, as every election requires a four-year commitment.

“We have a lot of work to do with the current parliament, so I got to stay focused in terms of my current job. I think my next job will be a little less time and life-consuming. The job of an MP is 100 percent every day of the week for significant hours of the day,” McLeod said.

While she won’t be running for re-election, McLeod recognizes there will be challenges for the country ahead and supports Erin O’Toole and his Conservative Party in their efforts to meet this challenge. As a private citizen, she plans to do whatever she can to get him elected.

McLeod said the local riding association will be engaged in the coming weeks to select a new candidate to represent the riding. She did have some advice for whoever will replace her as MP in the next election.

“Be there for the right reasons, be there for your community and realize that your opportunity is time-limited, so if you have something you really want to accomplish make sure you stay focused,” McLeod said.

She thanked the people in her riding office and in Ottawa, as well as all those who have supported the party locally and been “behind me and most of all the constituents who have had faith in me for four elections.

“I hope to write a few more chapters in my life before the final conclusion, and I thank you all very much.”


@patrickdavies
patrick.davies@100milefreepress.net

Like us on Twitter.

100 Mile HouseClearwaterConservative Party of CanadaDistrict of Barriere

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
30 new COVID-19 cases, five more deaths in Interior Health

This brings the total number of cases to 7,271 since testing began

FILE – A COVID-19 vaccine being prepared. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
B.C. seniors 80 years and older to get COVID vaccine details over next 2 weeks: Henry

Province is expanding vaccine workforce as officials ramp up age-based rollout

Interior Health reported 43 new COVID-19 cases in the region Feb. 23, 2021 and no additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
43 new cases of COVID reported in Interior Health

No new deaths, Williams Lake outbreak over

Black Press file photo.
Interior Health: 6 new deaths and 67 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend

An outbreak has been declared at Kelowna General Hospital

Janet (left) and Karen Johnson. (Shelley Woods Boden/Facebook)
Petition to keep Wells Gray murderer in jail garners 39K signatures and counting

Family and friends compiling victim impact statements to keep David Ennis behind bars.

Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
456 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., 2 deaths

Since January 2020, 78,278 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in B.C.

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Vaccinating essential workers before seniors in B.C. could save lives: experts

A new study says the switch could also save up to $230 million in provincial health-care costs

The late Michael Gregory, 57, is accused of sexually exploiting six junior high students between 1999 and 2005. (Pixabay)
Former Alberta teacher accused of sexually assaulting students found dead in B.C.

Mounties say Michael Gregory’s death has been deemed ‘non-suspicious’

According to a new poll, a majority of Canadians want to see illicit drugs decriminalized. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Majority of Canadians think it’s high time to decriminalize illicit drugs: poll

More than two-times the B.C. residents know someone who died from an overdose compared to rest of Canada

Interior Health officially declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Creekside Landing in Vernon on Jan. 3, which was followed by the first death from the virus 10 days later. (Kaigo photo)
COVID outbreak over at Vernon care home

Creekside Landing cleared of coronavirus, despite additional death in last day

(Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. residents can reserve provincial camp sites starting March 8

B.C. residents get priority access to camping reservations in province

Two women were arrested in Nanaimo for refusing to wear masks and causing disturbance on a BC Ferries vessel. (File photo)
B.C. ferry passengers arrested and fined for disturbance, refusing to wear masks

Police said woman threatened their pensions in Feb. 21 incident aboard Nanaimo-bound boat

When his owner had knee surgery, Kevin, 2, was able to continue to go for walks thanks to volunteers from Elder Dog Canada. (Contributed photo)
B.C. woman has nothing but praise for Elder Dog Canada

National organization has a fleet of volunteer walkers ready, but needs more clients to serve

Most Read