NDP can­di­date in Cal­gary says he won’t run, cit­ing strug­gles with de­pres­sion

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Cal­gary: An NDP can­di­date in Cal­gary says he won’t be run­ning in this spring’s provin­cial elec­tion due to strug­gles with de­pres­sion.

Brian Pin­cott, a for­mer city coun­cil­lor, won the NDP nom­i­na­tion for Cal­gary-aca­dia in Oc­to­ber. But Pin­cott says in a Face­book post he no longer has the con­fi­dence to be the can­di­date or MLA that peo­ple de­serve, and says “the last sev­eral months have al­ready been a very hard strug­gle with en­croach­ing de­pres­sion.”

The NDP cur­rently holds Cal­gary-aca­dia, but Brandy Payne, a for­mer as­so­ciate health min­is­ter, an­nounced last year that she wouldn’t run again be­cause she wants to spend more time with her hus­band and two young daugh­ters. Pin­cott served on Cal­gary’s city coun­cil from 2007 to 2017.

He went pub­lic with his de­pres­sion in Septem­ber 2017.

“As I look ahead to the com­ing elec­tion cam­paign of 2019, I no longer have the con­fi­dence that I can give the 100 per cent of me that will be needed,” Pin­cott wrote in the post. “Many think that this will be the nas­ti­est, most bit­ter cam­paign in Al­berta his­tory, and I don’t dis­agree.”

Pin­cott wrote that af­ter the four-year-long bout with de­pres­sion that led to him go­ing pub­lic in 2017, he be­came in­tent on de­vel­op­ing strate­gies for fig­ur­ing out when he was slid­ing into de­pres­sion, so he could take steps to avoid hit­ting “rock bot­tom.”

He said that last sum­mer, he saw the signs, and that he and his doc­tor worked to­gether and ad­justed his med­i­ca­tion. It gave him the con­fi­dence, he said, to put his name for­ward as a can­di­date for Cal­gary-aca­dia. But he wrote that things have wors­ened since then.

Pin­cott ended the post with a po­lit­i­cal mes­sage that called for unity, while also crit­i­ciz­ing what he called “pop­ulist rhetoric not only from south of the bor­der, but also from other re­gions in Canada.”

“I wish ev­ery­one all the best for 2019. As for me, I will con­tinue to try to do my best,” Pin­cott wrote.

Brian Pin­cott

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