After 30 years, Simcoe-Grey’s Jim Wilson will not seek re-election

Wilson was first elected in 1990

Long-time politician Jim Wilson is calling it a career.

The Simcoe-Grey MPP has represented the riding in one shape or another for more than 30 years but announced Thursday he will not seek re-election. “I am grateful for the support shown me since I was first elected in 1990, and returned to the legislature with healthy pluralities in seven subsequent General Elections,” said Wilson in an online statement. “In that time, our region has experienced significant growth, and I have done my best in government, in opposition and independently to ensure that the province delivered the services and infrastructure our families, businesses and communities need to succeed and prosper into the future.”

Wilson says he will not slow down even though his tenure is coming to an end. “In the coming months I will continue to fight in the Legislature for the priorities constituents have told me are most important. Topping the list are advancing the proposed redevelopments of the Collingwood and Alliston hospitals, improved and more health care options for our senior citizens, and fair access to the drugs and services needed by vulnerable citizens, in particular young people living with Cystic Fibrosis.”