Tim Hudak, the former leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, has announced that he is to leave politics.
After a more than 20 year career, The MPP is now set to turn his hand to the world of real estate.
The MPP from Niagara will step aside in September and assume his new role as the next CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association sometime in October.
Speaking of the move Hudak said ”when a really good opportunity comes along, you grab it. That’s how I got into the world of public service. And, now, it’s why I’m taking my leave.”
Hudak was first elected in 1995 and served as tourism, consumer services and northern development and mines minister between 1999 and 2003 in the Cabinet of Premier Mike Harris, something he called ‘an honour.’
He ran for leadership of the party in 2009 and was successful, however he stepped down as leader in 2014, when the party lost nine seats in the provincial election.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Hudak said these ”These past 21 years have been tremendously rewarding and I will miss my colleagues in all three parties. Our parliamentary democracy exists to emphasize our differences, but our common commitment to building a better Ontario is what truly unites us. I want to thank all of them, past and present, for their friendship, leadership and advice.”
He also moved to thank his constituents in Niagara “who have given me the honour to serve in six consecutive elections.”