As wife Irene and constituency president Gary Gilmour look on, Pembina MLA Peter George Dyck announces that he will not be seeking re-election in the October 2011 Manitoba provincial election. Don Radford Winkler Times
By Don Radford
Long-time Pembina MLA Peter George Dyck will be stepping down before the October 2011 provincial election.
The four-term Progressive Conservative MLA said Friday that after nearly 16 years in provincial politics he is closing one chapter in his life and that he and wife Irene will be opening a new chapter.
Pembina constituency president Gary Gilmour said the constituency association would likely call a nominating convention for sometime next spring.
"I don't have any definite plans," Dyck said, noting that he will likely remain involved in the operation of the family farm near Winkler. He said some type of mission work could be in his future.
Dyck, who was first elected in the 1995 provincial election and re-elected with massive pluralities in 1999, 2003 and 2007, said next year will mark his 16th year in provincial politics and with that milestone coming up he had begun pondering his future.
"I've had tremendous support here in Pembina," Dyck said, noting that he had received a considerable amount of encouragement to seeking the Pembina nomination for next fall's election.
"But I wanted to leave on my own terms," he continued.
Before entering provincial politics, Dyck had been a Garden Valley School Division for approximately 18 years and had served on the former Winkler Credit Union board for 17 years.
In looking back at his years as both a government and opposition MLA, Dyck said there were many highlights. Some of the projects that came to fruition during his terms of office included Boundary Trails Health Centre, the four-laning of Hwy 3 and 14 between Morden and Winkler, upgrades for water treatment and lagoon facilities in Morden, Pembina Valley Provincial Park, reconstruction of Winkler's Main Street, new school construction in Garden Valley SD, the MRI Centre at Boundary Trails, and, most recently, the announcement of a 100-bed personal care - assisted living facility to replace Morden's Tabor Home.
"Peter has served his constituents well, and the citizens of the Pembina constituency have several important improvements they enjoy thanks to his commitment. "I am privileged to have served alongside this very fine public servant for the past five years," said Manitoba Progressive Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen. "On behalf of the Manitoba PC Caucus and everyone in the Party, I wish Peter and his family the very best."