STATEMENT FROM ANNE MINH-THU QUACH
Federal MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach will not run in the next election
February 21st, 2019 - 10:03am
It is with a heavy heart, and after months of careful reflection, that I am announcing my intention to not seek a third mandate in the next federal election on October 21st, 2019.
I will continue to represent you and work on the issues that matter to you until the end of my mandate.
I have taken this decision in order to be with my family. My daughter Mila, whom you have seen growing up, will be entering kindergarten next September and I want to be by her side at this crucial stage in her life. I’m also expecting our second baby and I am looking forward to enjoying maternity leave in the intimacy of our family home.
My life over the last eight years has been a roller-coaster of public activities, sharing the success of organizations during community meals, or participating in neighbourhood or community events. I have loved it all, but it’s time my patient husband got a bit more of my attention!
To the people in my constituency: I have had eight wonderful years representing you, travelling around the beautiful area we all share and call home. A riding this diverse presents many challenges. You have helped me discover the worlds of agriculture and business (an area that once intimidated me), our colourful community organizations and the importance of the Akwesasne Mohawk First Nation in the history of this part of world and the issues related to their sovereignty.
Most importantly, you have talked to me about the needs of the most vulnerable people so that they could access better public services. You are caring people, you stand together and you are fighters.
You trusted me twice, and for that, I will be eternally grateful to you. You provided me with issues to raise in the House of Commons, you participated actively in my townhall meetings, you commented on my publications on social media and your many actions have pushed me to give the best of myself in bringing your voices and concerns to Ottawa.
I’m convinced the NDP has a future here in the riding, in Québec and in Canada. Many of us share the same values of solidarity, commitment and protection of the common good.
After a bitter battle, with the support of my NDP colleagues in Ottawa, and your valuable cooperation, we succeeded in getting rid of the wreck of the Kathryn Spirit. You supported many of my initiatives: starting a youth committee and creating “Femmes de tête” to offer local examples of women in leadership positions in a variety of settings. We educated Canadians everywhere about the importance of “buying local” policies to support our farmers. Together, we fought the government for pay equity and we won, even if there is still work to do on this issue. And together, we came up with an action plan to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
I wish to thank my NDP colleagues who have supported me since 2011 through thick and thin. I also want to thank our Leader Jagmeet Singh for his trust with various responsibilities in recent years. And a big thank you to all the activists, supporters and volunteers I have met over the years. You have been a constant source of inspiration and motivation.
I also wish to thank the Vietnamese community in Canada. With your help I have learned a great deal about my roots, about Vietnam and the different issues that affect our community. The younger generation is passionate and will continue to work on human rights causes and issues that resonate in Canada. As I mentioned during Tet, I hope that young Vietnamese women and men become involved in politics.
Finally, I would not have become the MP I am without the hard work and dedication of all my assistants who have contributed to quality of my work since 2011. Every day, they have worked quietly in the shadows whilst dreaming of a fairer, more just and environmentally friendly world. And they work very hard! My most heartfelt thanks to you all!
So there you have it, I entered into politics without a particular strategy, but with a clear goal of representing the citizens of my riding to the best of my ability. I will continue to engage as a citizen in the fight for a better planet and public services, the two main battles that inspired me when I ran for the first time in 2008.
Until October 2019, let's continue to work together! Stay tuned for what I will be proposing! And be assured that I still need your active participation and your opinions!
For more information, please contact: Katherine Massam
Outreach assistant, Anne Minh-Thu Quach Salaberry-Suroît MP
(Téléphone) 450-371-0644 |