Colin Fraser won’t re­of­fer for next fed­eral elec­tion

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS -

West Nova MP Colin Fraser has an­nounced he will not run in the next fed­eral elec­tion.

Fraser, who ran for the Lib­er­als and was elected in 2015, is­sued a state­ment Sept. 28, say­ing the de­ci­sion was dif­fi­cult but he wanted to re­turn to his le­gal ca­reer and serve the com­mu­nity in other ways.

The fol­low­ing is Fraser’s state­ment:

“Serv­ing as the mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for West Nova is the great­est hon­our of my life. Over the course of the sum­mer and af­ter much thought, how­ever, I have de­cided not to re-of­fer for the elec­tion in Oc­to­ber 2019. I will con­tinue work­ing hard ev­ery sin­gle day on be­half of the peo­ple of West Nova right up un­til the next elec­tion.

“This has been a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion, but I have made it with the back­ing of fam­ily and friends. I fully sup­port our prime min­is­ter, our team and the Lib­eral Party of Canada. I have truly en­joyed my pub­lic role since declar­ing in Au­gust 2014 my in­ten­tion to be a can­di­date. How­ever, my per­sonal de­ci­sion is about want­ing to re- turn to my le­gal ca­reer and con­tin­u­ing to serve our com­mu­nity in other ways.

“I am ex­tremely thank­ful to the cit­i­zens of West Nova for plac­ing their trust in me and I am proud that our govern­ment is mak­ing a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in the lives of our peo­ple.

“The Canada Child Ben­e­fit is lift­ing many chil­dren out of poverty and ben­e­fit­ing 12,390 kids through­out West Nova. By in­creas­ing the Guar­an­teed In­come Sup­ple­ment for sin­gle se­niors and in­vest­ing in home-care and af- ford­able hous­ing, the well-be­ing of se­niors is im­prov­ing. We have sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased sup­port for our vet­er­ans, backed up by an ad­di­tional $10 bil­lion to re-open of­fices, en­hance ben­e­fits, im­prove men­tal health sup­ports and bet­ter rec­og­nize their ser­vice to our coun­try. Diver­si­fy­ing our global trade to new mar­kets with CETA and the CPTPP, while stand­ing up for Canada on NAFTA, are crit­i­cal to West Nova’s seafood and agri­cul­tural ex­ports. I am also proud of the many lo­cal in­vest­ments in in­fra­struc­ture that grow our econ­omy and im­prove the qual­ity of life in our com­mu­ni­ties.

“I will be for­ever grate­ful to those who sup­port me and vol­un­teer their time to the Lib­eral Party in West Nova. Our democ­racy de­pends on ac­tive and en­gaged peo­ple get­ting in­volved in the po­lit­i­cal process. I will re­main ded­i­cated to the Lib­eral Party both fed­er­ally and provin­cially and I am op­ti­mistic that an­other strong Lib­eral can­di­date will win the con­fi­dence of the peo­ple of West Nova in the next fed­eral elec­tion.”

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