Local Liberal MP Calls it Quits

Friday, September 22, 2006

Written by May Warren

After 21 years in politics. 13 of those as a Liberal Member of Parliament for Guelph Wellington, Brenda Chamberlain is announcing the end of her career. Chamberlain says she will stay on until the next election in order to give her successors time to mobilize, but she won’t run for re-election.

“I’ve been truly blessed. I’ve had a wonderful career,” Chamberlain told the Guelph Tribune, explaining that she is stepping down in order to spend more time with her family.

“As a life-long resident of Guelph, and as a Young Liberal, I appreciate what Brenda and the Liberal Party of Canada has done for Guelph since her election in 1993,” says Colleen Hogan of the Campus Young Liberals, who says she doesn’t feel that Chamberlain’s resignation will hurt the Liberal party’s chances of holding onto the seat in the next election.

“In stepping down now, she has provided local people with the opportunity to organize themselves and their teams for the nomination process as well as the approaching federal election,” she explains.

Since the announcement there have been rumors of a possible Liberal leadership candidate being parachuted into the riding in order to try and win the seat, but Hogan says she believes these rumors are unfounded.

“I do not think that it would be well received in Guelph if that were to occur,” she reports, explaining that at least one local candidate has already out their name forward.

Last spring Chamberlain beat out challengers to win her seat by a solid margin in the Federal Election, despite the fact that she voted no on same sex marriage and angered some by failing to show up for on campus debates.

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