AURORA, ON, April 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Belinda Stronach,
Member of Parliament for Newmarket and Aurora, today announced that she would
assume the position of Executive Vice-Chair of Magna International Inc.
effective immediately, and simultaneously, she will not stand for re-election
as a Member of Parliament in the next federal election.
"I am always assessing the best role I can play in public life, and,
after being encouraged by members of the corporate leadership at Magna to
return, I have decided that the timing of my return to the business should not
be delayed. My father is looking to the future, the company is facing
important strategic decisions, and the Canadian and global auto sector and
economy is in a period of great challenge," said Belinda Stronach. "So I am
stepping aside from elected politics for the time being and will now take part
in public life in a different way."
"There are other considerations behind my decision that are important to
me. The heavy demands of public life on family time are real, and as a mother
I want to spend some more time with my kids" added Stronach. "And I remain
concerned with the issue of global security for the coming decades, and will
continue to work towards ending extreme poverty and disease in Africa. I will
be involved increasingly in this work through such initiatives as
<a href="http://www.spreadthenet.org">www.spreadthenet.org</a> and through the creation of a personal foundation."
"It has been an honour and privilege to serve the people from my
community of Newmarket and Aurora and I thank them again for having placed
their trust in me. I will continue to represent the interests of the
constituents I serve until such time as a federal election is called. I also
plan to continue to play an active role in the community," emphasized
Belinda Stronach noted that she had informed The Honourable Stéphane
Dion, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Senator Marie-P. Poulin,
President of the Liberal Party of Canada, of her decision earlier today. She
affirmed her interest in continuing to play an active and constructive role in
the growth of the Liberal Party in areas like the recruitment of women into
politics, fundraising and the modernization of the Liberal Party, including
one member, one vote.
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