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Ontario Tory MP Barry Devolin announces he won't run in 2015

Add another name to the growing list of veteran MPs who won't be coming back to the House for the 42nd Parliament: Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP and assistant deputy speaker Barry Devolin has announced that he, too, will be signing off from the federal political scene -- but not until the next election:

Devolin made his announcement at the Annual General Meeting of the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock riding association for the Conservative Party of Canada.

"It has been a great honour serving as your Member of Parliament," said Devolin. "I appreciate the trust and faith placed in me and my staff, as well as the kindness and generosity shown by the vast majority of people across this riding."

According to the release posted to his website, Devolin, who was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004, will "complete his current term," but decided to go public with his plan to step aside in order to give the local riding association time to choose a new candidate:

"I'm not actually leaving," Devolin reminded people. "I will continue to work on local priorities, such as the future of the Trent Severn Waterway, for the next two years."

As for his post-parliamentary career, Devolin says he has "no plans for the future," although he and his family "will consider a variety of possibilities."

In the last election, Devolin won 60 per cent of the vote, with New Democrat Lyn Edwards coming a very distant second at 22 per cent, and Liberal Laura Redman an even more distant third with just 13 percent.

Given that margin of victory, the Conservatives aren't likely to have much trouble recruiting a new candidate to carry the blue banner in the 2015 election.

Read the full release here

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