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Outgoing Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci reflects on career

As new Sudbury MPP Joe Cimino prepares to start his provincial political career, outgoing Sudbury representative Rick Bartolucci is looking back on his 19 years at Queen's Park.
Outgoing Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci speaks to Morning North's Markus Schwabe about his 19 years in provincial politics coming to a close. (Roger Corriveau/CBC)

As new Sudbury MPP Joe Cimino prepares to start his provincial political career, outgoing Sudbury representative Rick Bartolucci is looking back on his 19 years at Queen's Park.

On CBC Radio's Morning North this morning, Batolucci told host Markus Schwabe that Cimino will have his work cut out for him with a Liberal majority government in place.

"It is better always to have sitting member that is on the government side," he said.

"Having said that, the results are in. We now have to work and help Joe to ensure that our community gets as much as it can, and all that it deserves."

Now that he is officially retired from provincial politics, Bartolucci said he plans to focus on spending time with his children and grandchildren.

However, when asked about whether he has any interest in running in the municipal election in Sudbury this fall, Bartolucci had this to say:

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As for his career in provincial politics, Bartolucci said he is most proud of successfully advocating for things people in Sudbury wanted, such as the four-laning of Highway 69.

Bartolucci said his biggest regret is how the G8 and G20 summits in Ontario were handled.

He said if he could do it again he would improve communication around a law the government passed allowing anyone who refused to show identification to be arrested within five metres of the security zone. Bartolucci was Community Safety minister at the time.

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