BELMONT – The next federal election ballot will not feature the name Suzanne van Bommel on it.
The past federal Liberal candidate, van Bommel has made it known that she will not be seeking the nomination for the riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London for an election that could be held as soon as this fall. The long-time Liberal insider in both provincial and federal politics has accepted an extended contract with her current employer, GreenField Ethanol, that will keep her from committing as much time and energy as required to seek public office.
“I have been presented an exciting opportunity by GreenField Ethanol, one that was very difficult to turn down,” van Bommel said. “GreenField Ethanol is the Canadian pioneer and leader in biofuel development. GreenField is Canada’s largest ethanol company producing more than 450 million litres of fuel ethanol annually as well as industrial and beverage alcohol for more than 6,000 customers in North America. I am very excited about the work I am doing and the new direction and mandate I have been given with the company.”
Carrying the Liberal banner in the last federal election was a rewarding experience, one van Bommel said she will always be proud of.
“I am honoured by the many people that supported me and offered freely of themselves to assist me in the last election,” van Bommel said. “I would like to sincerely thank everyone who played a role in my campaign and I wish the next Liberal candidate, whoever that may be, all the best moving forward to the next election.”
While her professional life has steered her away from seeking the nomination for the Liberal Party of Canada for the next election, van Bommel is not ruling out another attempt at seeking public office in the future.
“I believe there are few higher callings than public service,” van Bommel said. “I still feel it would be a great privilege to represent the people of this riding in government some day. We’ll see how this adventure called life turns out in the coming years.”
In addition to her role with GreenField Ethanol, van Bommel is also the co-owner of M.E. & Suzie’s, the Port Stanley award-winning restaurant that exclusively features local and Ontario-grown produce along with Ontario craft/micro brewery products and VQA wines. This focus on local and Ontario grown food and beverage products has earned M.E. & Suzie’s repeated recognition from the Wine Council of Ontario.