The speculation has come to an end.

Elizabeth Witmer says her decision to leave politics to chair up the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board after 22 years was a family one.

“Just as 22 years ago I made the decision to run, to become an MPP I consulted with my family and with my friends.”

Accusations began pouring in after Witmer left the riding of Kitchener-Waterloo. Many thought it was a move engineered by Premier Dalton McGuinty to form a majority Liberal government. But Witmer says her husband of 32 years is battling cancer and admits sitting on the sidelines and observing was difficult.

“People will say and do what they please because you are a public figure. But at the end of the day, those comments, they’re hurtful.”

As far as the K-W riding turning from blue to orange for the first time ever, and on the twenty second anniversary of Witmer first getting elected to Queens Park, Witmer says it was an exciting race, and calls it “an interesting turn of events”, but extends her congratulations to New Democrat Catherine Fife.