On behalf of the Green Party of Ontario I would like to thank you for your years of service as an MPP for Kitchener-Waterloo. We wish you well in your new role on the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
As the longest serving woman MPP in Ontario’s history, you are an inspiration for everyone working toward more inclusion in Ontario’s politics. Your experience and service have blazed an important path for more women in politics.
I admire your thoughtful and respectful approach to politics. At a time when there is far too much negativity and heckling in politics, your willingness to work with ideas and people, rather than ideologies and short-term gains, will be missed but not forgotten.
I know too from GPO supporters in KW that you are admired by people of all political stripes for your commitment to the local community and its values. The people of Ontario and especially those who live in your riding will miss your voice and your passion.