(Murray Rankin)

After 7 years representing Victoria, NDP MP Murray Rankin has just announced that he will not be seeking re-election this October.

While the decision to step back did not come lightly, Rankin says he is grateful for the chance to represent the riding.

“After careful consideration, I have made the decision to not seek re-election in the 2019 federal election,” said Murray in a statement released today. “This was a very difficult decision to make.”

“The honour of representing Victoria in the House of Commons has been the most exciting and rewarding experience of my life. By the time of the election, I will be coming up on seven years of service. I think it is now time for a new voice to represent us in Parliament.”

Rankin’s time in parliament saw him working for a fairer tax system, securing compensation for victims of thalidomide poisoning, advising the federal government on the legalization of medical assistance in dying, and much more.

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Rankin thanked his colleagues at the NDP for their work, his electoral district team, his wife, and the residents of Victoria.

“My wife, Linda Hannah, has been a constant support and I cannot adequately express my gratitude to her,” he said.

“And of course, I’d like to thank you, the people of Victoria. It has been a privilege to serve and to work with you. I’ve always said I am so fortunate to represent such a compassionate, engaged, and progressive riding.”

While his time as an MP is nearing its end, the 69-year-old promises to do all he can for the city in his position right up until election day comes to Ottawa.