Bloc MP Francine Lalonde has cancer
Veteran Bloc Québécois MP Francine Lalonde has announced she won't run in the next federal election because she has bone cancer.
The 70-year-old said the cancer she battled a few years ago has returned and is progressing rapidly.
Lalonde fought back tears as she made the announcement at a press conference in Montreal on Monday after a Bloc caucus meeting.
She represents the Pointe-de-l'Île riding in Montreal's east end and was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993.
Lalonde made a name for herself in politics after introducing a private member's bill that would allow euthanasia and assisted suicide under strict conditions.
Bill C-384 was defeated 228-59 in a vote earlier this year.
Lalonde said she will stay on until the next federal elections.