Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor announces his retirement
Kim Craitor is retiring from provincial politics.
Two days after his 67th birthday and six days shy of his 10th Anniversary in office, Craitor announced his retirement as the Niagara Falls Member of Provincial Parliament effective today, at 1pm.
On Monday Craitor sent a letter to inform the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and the Premier of Ontario of his intent to resign today from the Legislative Assembly.
In a release, Craitor says, “while it is never a good time to leave, after ten very productive and rewarding years, now I need to put my health and family first.”
Craitor could not be reached for comment.
Premier Kathleen Wynne thanked Craitor for his service and wished him luck in his future endeavours.
Craitor's friend and political opponent Bart Maves says he was just as surprised to learn of the resignation.
Maves, PC candidate for Niagara Falls, doesn't want to speculate too much as to why Craitor decided to step down from politics however, he says it could be as simple as "he's been in it well over 20 years now, municipal and provincial politics, and feels it's time to go."
Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin and Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, who both joined the Larry Fedoruk show on Tuesday afternoon, were both just as shocked as everyone else when hearing the news.
Diodati said Craitor cancelled an appearance on Saturday, but other then that he wasn't aware that Craitor would be announcing his retirement on Tuesday.