Now is the time for Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis to join provincial or federal politics, says one political expert.

"If he’s thinking of leaving on a high,after another budget without increasing taxes... this would be a good time to make the jump," said University of Windsor political science professor and CBC Windsor municipal affairs expert Cheryl Collier.

Collier said Francis is young and has now served three consecutive terms as mayor — one more than he originally planned. He also has a list of things he’s accomplished, Collier said.

"I would think he’s been courted by parties as being a good bet, as someone with name recognition," Collier said. "He could maybe bring a seat to a party that hasn’t done well in the past."

A by-election is to be called for the Windsor-Tecumseh riding, left vacant by Liberal Dwight Duncan's retirement.

When it comes to municipal politicians moving up the political ladder, Coun. Percy Hatfield has announced his intent to run for the NDP candidacy.

"A lot of people who come into municipal politics have their eye on a higher level," Collier said. "If they really care about being a public servant ... they find they’re very much attracted to moving up levels."

Cheryl Collier is a professor of political science at the University of Windsor. She can be be heard on the Early Shift with Tony Doucette at 8:14 a.m. on Mondays. Tune in to 97.5 FM or listen live online at www.cbc.ca/windsor.

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