BURLINGTON – Today, Burlington MPP Jane McKenna announced she would not be seeking re-election in June.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the people of Burlington for two terms at Queen’s Park,” McKenna said. “I want to thank Premier Ford for the opportunity to serve in his Cabinet, and for always encouraging members of our PC Caucus to represent the views of our constituents within government.”
MPP McKenna recently informed Premier Ford and the Ontario PC Party that she would not be seeking a third term, but will keep getting things done for the people of Burlington and Halton by running for Halton Regional Chair in the coming municipal election.
“While my decision to leave Queen’s Park at the end of this term was difficult, I’ve appreciated the support of Premier Ford, my colleagues and my friends in our PC Caucus and across the aisle.”
As Associate Minister of Women and Children’s Issues, Jane McKenna has overseen the continued roll-out of Ontario’s five-year $307-million Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy to combat human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. She has also played a key role in the child welfare redesign focusing on developing community-based prevention services that are high-quality, culturally appropriate and responsive to the needs of children and families. Recognizing the disproportionate economic barriers faced by women, McKenna and Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy created a Task Force on Women and the Economy, which heard from diverse voices across the province representing the public, private and non-profit sectors.
“I want to thank my Ministry staff, Deputy Ministers and members of the Ontario Public Service in the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services for your dedication, commitment and professionalism.”
As MPP for Burlington, Jane has been instrumental in changing the previous Liberal government’s long-standing planning policies relating to the Urban Growth Centre and Major Transit Station Area designations in downtown Burlington. She has also secured significant provincial investments in our community that created jobs, renewed important infrastructure, built transit and helped make Burlington a better place to live, work and raise a family.
“Throughout the pandemic I’ve seen first-hand the kindness, generosity and compassion of Burlington residents, and the spirit of partnership among leaders across Halton Region. I also want to thank and acknowledge the people of Burlington, my constituency office team and the many volunteers who’ve worked tirelessly on my behalf.”
MPP McKenna will continue to represent the people of Burlington and serve in Cabinet as Associate Minister of Women and Children’s Issues until June 2nd.