Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario's Liberal Speaker Won't Run Again in His Brant Riding in 2018 Election

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario's Liberal Speaker Won't Run Again in His Brant Riding in 2018 Election

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Ontario's Liberal Speaker won't run again

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BRANTFORD, Ont. - The Liberal Speaker of Ontario's legislature won't run again for his Brant seat in next year's election.

Premier Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government has been struggling in the polls, but Dave Levac said Friday his decision is not an indictment of the party.

"My retirement from provincial politics is made knowing some will question or even use my announcement against my party and my leader," he said. "That would be unfortunate and wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth. Simply put, between my career as an educator and provincial politics, I will be in my 45th year of public service in 2018."

Levac has been the legislature's Speaker since 2011, taking a firm though sometimes futile stand against politicians' heckling in question period.

Wynne said the fact that Levac was elected to that role on the second ballot with "resounding" support from all parties is a testament to his reputation. …

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