Manitoba Deputy Premier Cliff Cullen will not seek re-election

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Manitoba Deputy Premier Cliff Cullen will not seek re-election

Cliff Cullen thus becomes the 7th member of the PC caucus this year to withdraw from the next election (Archives).

Manitoba Deputy Premier Cliff Cullen informed Premier Heather Stefanson on Thursday that he will not be a candidate in the next provincial election scheduled for fall 2023.

Therefore, another Progressive Conservative candidate will have to be found to represent the riding of Spruce Woods, in the southwest of the province.

I didn't make this decision lightly, but I turned 60 this year, my wife is retired from teaching and we recently welcomed two beautiful grandchildren to this world, Mr. Cullen wrote in a letter released by his office.

After nearly two decades in politics as an MP and cabinet minister, it is time for me to ;be Cliff, he continued.

Cliff Cullen was first elected in 2004 as MPP for Turtle Mountain. He has represented the constituency of Spruce Woods since 2011.

He has held five cabinet positions since the Progressive Conservatives formed government in 2016: Growth, Crown Services, Justice, Education and Economic Development.

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson said in a statement that she regrets Mr. Cullen's decision, but accepts it.

Cliff Cullen is the seventh MP of the current Manitoba ruling party caucus to withdraw from the next election, which represents nearly one-fifth of the party's MPs.

Former Kirkfield Park MP Scott Fielding resigned in March, while Eileen Clarke (Agassiz), Ralph Eichler (Lakeside) Blaine Pedersen (Midland), Dennis Smook (La Verendrye ) and Ian Wishart (Portage la Prairie) have said they will not seek another term in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly.

General Election is scheduled for October 2023. Mr. Cullen has promised to be active alongside his political party even if he does not run.

Over the next year , I will do everything in my power to ensure that Manitobans re-elect a majority Progressive Conservative government under your strong leadership , he told the Prime Minister.

Unless a year away from the election, the PC is lagging far behind the New Democratic Party (NDP) in Manitobans' voting intentions.

With information from Bartley Kives< /em>

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