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NDP MP Murray Rankin won't seek re-election in October campaign

Last Updated Feb 28, 2019 at 2:35 pm PDT

NDP MP Murray Rankin stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. Rankin says that after careful consideration he's not going to run again.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Victoria MP says decision not to seek re-election has nothing to do with NDP's prospects or Singh's leadership

OTTAWA — NDP MP Murray Rankin says he won’t run in October’s election, joining a long list of federal New Democrats leaving this fall.

“This was a very difficult decision to make,” said the Victoria MP in a statement.

He says serving as an MP “has been the most exciting and rewarding experience of my life.”

Rankin says his decision is about moving on to the next chapter after seven years representing Victoria. He stresses it has nothing to do with the NDP’s prospects or Jagmeet Singh’s leadership.

Rankin says he takes pride in fighting for tax fairness and medical assistance in dying and working to ensure Canadians serving on jury duty can get psychological supports.

He says his work on the House of Commons justice committee has also been important, suggesting the crisis involving former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould will be an issue discussed for many months ahead.