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Friday, April 13, 2007
Belinda Stronach has called an end to her short but eventful three years in elected politics.

Stronach, elected as the MP for Newmarket-Aurora twice – once as a Conservative, then as a Liberal – announced yesterday she was returning to help run the Magna auto parts empire at the request of her father, Frank, who founded and owns the family business.

"It was a tough decision for me," Stronach told the Star. "But from time to time, it's important to assess where your energies are best directed."

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said he was disappointed by the decision, especially as it comes while he's trying to recruit women as candidates for the party in one-third of the country's 308 ridings for the next election.

Stronach becomes the 15th person to join a growing list of Liberals, including Martin and former ministers Jean Lapierre, Lucienne Robillard, Andy Scott and Jim Peterson, who won't be running in the next election. While he admitted he was disappointed, Dion said he was still counting on Stronach to help shape party policy. Source...

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