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Robert Quaiff announces he won’t seek another term as mayor

Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff has announced he will pull the plug on municipal politics when his term is finished in October.

Quaiff made the announcement Monday morning – his first day back to work following a lost bid as Liberal candidate in the June 7 provincial election to become the first MPP for the new Bay of Quinte riding.

With his wife Susan by his side he told media gathered outside of Shire Hall that his new focus will be on family.

“We decided over the weekend that it’s time to take a rest,” he said. “I think it’s time that I enjoyed my seven grandbabies, and my wife – she’s the one that’s stood by me through this whole thing; she’s the one that gave me encouragement and she’s the one always by my side and encouraged me to do what I did.”

Quaiff will be wrapping up 17 years of muncipal politics – including being a participant on the Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus and the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus, the last year of which he served as chairman; and was a member of the board of directors for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

“I love Prince Edward County and that’s the bottom line for me. I only want what’s best for Prince Edward County and I think right now, with the wave of blue that came across the province last week; I want to see a new mayor come in and build a relationship with the PC party.”

Quaiff said he isn’t sure he would have as good a relationship with the PCs as he did with the Liberals and said a new mayor can make a better relationship and get what’s best for Prince Edward County.

“It was easy for me to talk to the Liberals. I don’t know if the same relationship would be there with the PCs,” he said. “I congratulated Todd Smith – a great candidate – and I really do hope for Todd that he ends up with a cabinet position and I think he will represent this municipality to the best of his ability.”

Quaiff’s proud of many accomplishments over his tenure, noting the reconstruction of Picton’s Main Street and County Road 3 and work on his well-known quest to fix County Road 49.

“The engineering study is completed and we’re waiting for funding. I’m hoping it will come forward,” he said, adding he’s also hopeful the new County hospital will move forward.”

He’s also proud of council’s work to create the Development Framework Committee.

“When we started this term of council we heard developers were not happy; they didn’t care if they built a home in Prince Edward County and now we’ve got 1,800 new builds in the process,” said Quaiff. “Also the firehalls we done and a lot of things that go unnoticed. I feel good. At the end of the day, this council did a good job.”

So far, South Marysburgh councillor Steve Ferguson has announced his intention to seek the mayor’s chair.

Quaiff noted he won’t be endorsing any candidates, but does hope more women will seek election.

“I’ve been a great advocate for females in politics,” he said, noting last year he nominated the first ever Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus chair and vice-chairs.

“I would like to see a lot more females put their names in to run for council. They bring a really good perspective to the table and good discussion and I know there’s a lot of really good candidates out there.”

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  1. Dennis Fox says:

    Chuck – thanks for your take on this – but I really don’t believe in conspiracy theories. Then again, either way who cares?

  2. Chuck says:

    Don’t be naive Dennis. Watch what happens. You should know or have been around long enough to know how politics in all parties work. An elected official doesn’t run in a provincial election for an obvious sinking ship without reward.

  3. Susan says:

    Why is the Council live streaming not working?

  4. Dennis Fox says:

    Sorry Emily, I highly suspect that won;t happen.

  5. Emily says:

    I expect an appointment announcement prior to the Liberals turning over power.

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