MPP Arthur won’t seek re-election, focusing on Kingston housing sector

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Ian Arthur, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Kingston and the Islands, will not be seeking re-election in 2022, and will focus on pursuing business opportunities in Kingston, particularly in the housing sector.

Arthur made the announcement via social media on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021.

“Representing the people of Kingston and the Islands at Queen’s Park has been an incredible experience. Though I will not be seeking re-election in 2022, it has been a privilege, I have met the most dedicated, resilient and creative people, and I will forever be thankful for this opportunity,” Arthur posted on Facebook, along with an official letter declaring he will not be seeking re-election.

Letter from MPP Ian Arthur declaring he will not seek re-election in 2022, as posted on social media on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021.

Local Member of Parliament (MP), Mark Gerretsen, acknowledged Arthur’s decision, also posting on social media the same day.

“Although we aren’t of the same political stripe, I always enjoyed my conversations with our MPP Ian Arthur,” Gerretsen wrote. “His passion to represent those less fortunate was never lost on me. Best of luck on your future endeavours, Ian.”

As the local community took in the news on Tuesday afternoon, Arthur spoke of his decision.

“I love Kingston, and my commitment to the community here predates my tenure at Queen’s Park, and it will continue long after it. When I look to the future, I hope to see many of the things I fought for come to pass: Meaningful action to address climate change, an end to the doctor shortage, and homes that all people can afford,” MPP Arthur said. 

He also noted that Kingston has been navigating some of the lowest vacancy rates in the country, and that rent rates have skyrocketed locally, even as the vacancy rate has grown. 

“It’s the number one issue that we hear in the community office. We need housing that people can actually afford. I hope to spend time in the housing sector, making a real difference for people,” Arthur added. 

Along with serving as an MPP, Arthur serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, and is also on the Board of Directors of Switch Kingston, a local green tech non-profit.

“Being the MPP has allowed me to meet the talented and dedicated people who work for the incredible community organizations we have in Kingston. I think there will be no shortage of opportunities to participate and to work for our community going forward,” he shared.

Arthur said he looks forward to continuing his community involvement here in Kingston through solving pressing issues as a private citizen. 

Moreover, He will continue to represent Kingston and the Islands at Queen’s Park until the next election, and the constituency office located in the Laselle Mews downtown will continue to operate as usual. 

MPP Arthur was elected for Kingston and the Islands in 2018. As a part of the New Democratic Party, he serves as a critic for Small Business Recovery and Reopening Main Street.

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