Longtime Tory MLA and former cabinet minister Glen Cummings said Thursday he will return to the farm he grew up on as he retires from provincial politics.
Cummings, the 62-year-old MLA for Ste. Rose, announced he will not seek another term in the next provincial election.
First elected in 1986, Cummings said he was part of a "Class of '86,"in which heand 11 other Progressive Conservative MLAs entered office for the first time.
"The one common trait among all of that group was that they worked very hard at what they did, they came in with a passion for the job," Cummings said, adding that that passion is the key to being a successful MLA.
When Gary Filmon formed a Tory government in 1988, Cummings was named deputy premier and minister of municipal affairs.
But Cummings said Thursday his greatest accomplishments were made when he was environment minister.
"In terms of ministerial responsibilities, I believe that we established what, at that time, was one of the most innovative recycling concepts," Cummings said.
Leaves party in transition
Tory Leader Hugh McFadyen said advice from longtime Tories like Cummings and Filmon will help his party while it's in transition.
"The consistent advice that I've received from people like Gary Filmon and Glen Cummings and others in public life is to always take the long view," McFadyen said. "Don't panic under pressure, don't succumb to short-term pressure and make a bad decision that is going to take years to undo the consequences of."
McFadyen says that while Cummings won't be running, he will still be around to share his experience and give valuable advice.
Both say a mix of fresh blood and experience will strengthen their party.