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Macleod MP Ted Menzies resigns from Parliament

Ted Menzies with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Ted Menzies with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Ted Menzies resigned Wednesday after nine years as Member of Parliament for the federal Macleod riding.
The resignation follows Menzies’ announcement last summer that he was stepping down as minister of state for finance.
“Many of you will know that I never intended to be a career politician, and as I said earlier this year, the severe flooding in southern Alberta was a vivid reminder of why I chose to stand for election in 2004 — to serve the constituents of Macleod,” Menzies said in a news release. “Stepping down from my ministerial duties in July allowed me time this summer to play a small part in helping those affected, and just be there for my constituents.”
Menzies was first elected to Parliament in 2004 and won subsequent elections in 2006, 2008 and 2011.
“On behalf of the entire Conservative caucus, I would like to thank Ted Menzies for his many years of devoted service to his constituents of Macleod in the Parliament of Canada, and for his tremendous contributions to our government,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a news release Wednesday. “Since his election to the House of Commons, Ted has been a strong voice and advocate for Alberta, and a valued member within our caucus.”
Menzies served as the Conservatives’ opposition critic for international trade and international co-operation and as parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade.
Following a stint as parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance, Harper made Menzies minister of state for finance.
“In all of these functions, he has earned the highest respect not just of me, but of all his colleagues in Parliament,” Harper said. “Ted’s expertise, insight and exemplary work ethic will certainly be missed as our Government continues to work towards providing economic stability and financial security for Canadians.”
Menzies paid tribute to the support he received from wife Sandy and the rest of their family, staff members, colleagues and constituents.
“I am retiring from politics but look forward to another exciting career ahead,” Menzies said. “Thank you all for the opportunity to proudly represent the most beautiful riding in Canada, and for the privilege to represent some of the greatest people I will ever know.”

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