Winnipeg MPP Cliff Cullen says he’s not seeking re-election in the fall – Winnipeg
Winnipeg MPP Cliff Cullen says he won’t run again in the fall.
Cullen, the MLA for Spruce Woods in southwestern Manitoba, is also Minister of Economic Development, Investment and Trade as well as Deputy Premier.
He sent a letter to the Prime Minister on Thursday saying: ‘There comes a time when you come to a fork in the road and you have to choose a path to follow.
Cullen served nearly two decades as an MP and minister beginning the job in 2004.
“In the past six and a half years in government, we have accomplished great things for Manitobans,” he said in his letter.
“We have made life more affordable through tax cuts. We have put the province’s finances in order and balanced the budget, and we have created jobs and attracted investment through our strong focus on economic development.
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Premier Heather Stefanson says she regrets her decision but respects it, noting that Cullen has been a dedicated public servant for many years.
In his letter, Cullen says his age was a factor in his decision.
« I turned 60 this year, (my wife) Marilyn retired from teaching and my three sons are starting their own careers and families. »
Cullen ends his letter by expressing his continued support for the Conservatives and Stefanson.
Cullen joins several other conservatives who have recently hung up their hats, including Scott Fielding, Blaine Pedersen, Ralph Eichler and Eileen Clarke.
The next provincial election is scheduled for October 3, 2023.
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