Garfield Dunlop resigns as MPP, PC Leader Patrick Brown to run in Simcoe North

COLDWATER – Today, Garfield Dunlop announced his resignation as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Simcoe North, effective August 1st, 2015.   

“It has been an honour to serve the people of Simcoe North for the past 16 years. But over the past few months, it has become clear to me that Patrick Brown is someone who could do a lot of good work for Ontarians in the Ontario Legislature,” said Garfield Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North. “I have seen what he has done for the Simcoe County area, and given the chance, I believe he could move mountains to make life better for the people of Simcoe North, and Ontario.”

The MPP for Simcoe North advised Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown last week of his intentions to resign his seat to provide an opportunity for Brown to seek the seat in a by-election.

“Garfield Dunlop has been a valuable member of the PC Party for 20 years, and a fixture in Simcoe North for 35 years,” said Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown. “I am humbled that Garfield believes in my ability to represent the people of Simcoe North. I am pleased to announce today that I intend to run in the by-election, and seek the great honour of asking the people of Simcoe North to allow me to represent their interests and their concerns at Queen’s Park.”

In addition to being a central figure in Simcoe County, Garfield Dunlop has also been a key advocate for an effective and sensible education system in Ontario. His work in the area has earned him the respect from numerous members of the education community.

“Garfield has proven himself to be a tireless advocate for parents and students and has spent years building strong relationships with members of the education community. That is why I am pleased to announce that I have asked Garfield to take on the volunteer role of Chief Education Advisor to the PC Party of Ontario,” said Brown.

Additionally, rebuilding relationships with first responders is an issue both MPP Dunlop and PC Leader Brown are passionate about. To that end, Brown has asked MPP Dunlop to continue to advise the Party on matters of public safety and working to enhance relationships with professional associations.

“On behalf of the Ontario PC Party, I want to extend my deepest thanks to Garfield for his contributions to the Party and Ontario,” added Brown.