WATCH: Tory Peter Shurman resigning

The PC MPP says he won't run again

Tory MPP Peter Shurman is resigning and has announced he will not run in the next provincial election.

In a morning statement, Peter Shurman says he carefully considered his situation for several months and he believes continuing with his political career would be a mistake.

He says he's resigned effective Dec 31st. Shurman says he will also not be running in the next provincial election. He underlines he came to the decision himself after what he calls lengthy reflection and discussion with his family.

On the Jerry Agar Show, Shurman said he wishes PC leader Tim Hudak well.

The Thornhill MPP most recently claimed over $20,000 is housing expenses after commuting from his home in Niagara-On-The-Lake to Queen's Park in Toronto. Shurman lost his job as Progressive Conservative finance critic over this.

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  1. Ron Pocklington posted on 12/10/2013 10:14 AM
    This is bad news for Ontario, Peter is articulate, intelligent and seemed to have the best interest of the people....or at least it seemed that way.
    The good news is Newstalk 1010 may have a replacement commentator for the 4-7pm time when Tory has to hang up his microphone after announcing his run for Mayor.
  2. contiki posted on 12/10/2013 11:16 AM
    Does this mean that we will have another by-election to fill his seat? Why not wait until the next election is called?
    Perhaps someone that lives in the Thornhill riding and continues to live there throughout the duration of their term will be elected in the next election. It makes no sense to me that someone can be elected and serve in a riding that they do not live in; whether it's for a municipal, a provincial or a federal office. I hope that the election rules get changed to reflect residency requirements.
  3. Karl Burgin posted on 12/10/2013 11:23 AM
    Wouldn't go too far in being confident that Tory would be hanging his hat on the radio to run for mayor.
    But I do agree that Peter Shurman, is an all-around good fellow, who is both earnest and intelligent. But none of that can properly protect one, when they are thrown under the bus, with the person you trust at the wheel.
    This is a black-eye in the conservative camp, they may soon see to regret sometime in the near future.
  4. WDR posted on 12/10/2013 02:01 PM
    While I agree, Peter would be a welcome addition to 1010'but as he lives in Niagara-on-the-lake, I think he would probably move to CKTB, not 'RB. Their gain is Toronto's loss.
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