The longest-serving female legislator in Ontario history has died.
Premier Doug Ford’s office confirmed the death of Progressive Conservative politician Julia Munro on Wednesday.
Munro announced last year that she was retiring from politics after serving in the Ontario legislature for 22 years.
She was first elected in 1995 and represented the riding of York-Simcoe, north of Toronto.
During her career, Munro served as parliamentary assistant to the premier, deputy speaker and as a legislative committee chairperson.
In a retirement message last year, Munro thanked her family, constituents, staff and volunteers who supported her during her career.
Premier Doug Ford said he was very sad to learn of Munro’s passing in a statement on Twitter.
“Her service to her community and her province is an example for all of us privileged to serve at Queen’s Park,” said Ford.
On behalf of our government and the PC Party, I express my deepest condolences to Julia’s friends and family. She was a trailblazer and her memory will live on for years to come.
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) June 12, 2019
With files from News Staff