Former Conservative MP Susan Truppe is making the jump to provincial politics.
Truppe announced Friday that she’s seeking the Progressive Conservative nomination in London North Centre — the provincial version of her former federal riding.
The 57-year-old spent four years as MP of London North Centre before being defeated last fall by Liberal Peter Fragiskatos.
— Susan Truppe (@SusanTruppe) November 4, 2016
Despite falling in the 2015 election in virtually the same riding, Truppe says she’s “most effective” running for a spot in Queen’s Park rather than the House of Commons.
“People have been asking me if I was going to federally or provincially or what I wanted to do, and I thought I would wait it out until I knew where I would be most effective,” Truppe told AM980.
London North Centre MPP and Deputy Premier Deb Mathews has held London North Centre at the provincial level since 2003. Truppe says high hydro rates brought on by the governing Liberals is one of her top priorities.
“We need to focus on what we can do to bring the hydro [rate] down. People shouldn’t have to choose between eating and paying their hydro bills. That’s something I want to focus on.”
Truppe’s announcement came just before the Tories — led by Simcoe North MPP and former Conservative MP Patrick Brown — nominated their first candidate for the 2018 election. Ross Romano was acclaimed at a meeting of the Progressive Conservative riding association in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday. Romano is a lawyer who has served on city council since 2014.
The 2018 provincial election will take place on or before June 7, 2018.