McNaughton leaves politics exactly 12 years after he started

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Former Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton, his wife and daughter on election night June 2, 2022.

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton has turned in the keys to his political offices today.

Twelve years to the day after he was first elected, the former Labour Minister in Doug Ford’s cabinet, announced Sept. 22 he was leaving politics to take a job in the private sector. Today was his last day as MPP.

In a letter to his constituents, McNaughton wrote it has been “the honour of a lifetime” to serve his community. And, he’s proud of the advances he was able to make during his tenure, particularly as Labour Minister, improving the visibility of the skilled trades and forging partnerships with unions.

“I support Premier Ford and am proud to have served in his cabinet. I am forever grateful for the opportunities he’s given me to contribute to this amazing province. I believe strongly in his team and its vision. I know they will continue to do great things for the people of this province,” he wrote. 

“I want to thank my fantastic team, both at Queen’s Park and at home, in Strathroy and Wallaceburg, for all their incredible hard work and dedication. I’d also like to thank my colleagues at Queen’s Park, who are members of all political parties, all of whom are dedicated, passionate public servants, and outstanding people. 

“Most of all, I’d like to thank the two loves of my life, my wife, Kate, and our daughter, Annie, for supporting me through thick and thin…Thank you for the honour of serving as your Member of Provincial Parliament.”