Murray Elston leaves Bruce Power


By Barb McKay


After two years as vice-president of corporate services, Murray Elston has left Bruce Power.


Neither Bruce Power nor Elston would comment on the reasons for his departure. This statement was issued from Bruce Power Monday: “Bruce Power has a policy that we don’t comment on personnel matters.


We can confirm Murray did tender his resignation on Friday and Bruce Power thanks Murray for his contributions over the past two years and wish him all the best in the future.”


In a telephone interview with The Independent, Elston said he is currently resting up and taking a few days to determine where he will go next. He did not rule out becoming involved in politics again, in some capacity.


“I wouldn’t mind looking at where the federal Liberal party is heading and being a part of that,” he said. “But no other plans at the moment.”


Elston is well-liked and respected in both the community and the political arena. He served in the Ontario Legislature from 1981 to 1994, first as the Liberal MPP for Huron-Bruce. In 1985, Elston was appointed as Minister of Health by then Premier David Peterson, a role he held until 1985 when he was appointed chair of the management board of Cabinet. Elston also held positions as Minister of Financial Institutions and chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.


When the NDP were elected to lead the province in 1990, Elston continued to hold his seat as Liberal MPP for Huron-Bruce. From 1992 to 1994 he served as Opposition House Leader in the House of Commons, before resigning as MPP.


Elston has held a number of high profile positions. He was appointed president of the Canadian Nuclear Association in 2004 and held the position until joining Bruce Power in 2009. During the 1990s Elston was president of the Ontario Interlink Industrial Park and president of Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies. He has also served as chair of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre and the Energy Dialogue Group.


Elston said he can look back fondly at his time at Bruce Power.


“It was a good time,” he said. “There’s lots of action there. It’s an exciting place to be.”