Canada

Efford won't run in next election

Liberal cabinet minister John Efford will not run in the next federal election, CBC News reports.

Liberal cabinet minister John Efford will not run in the next federal election, CBC News reports.

The minister from Newfoundland and Labrador is expected to announce his retirement from politics on Tuesday.

He's been fighting health problems caused by diabetes for months.

Efford gave up his portfolio as minister of natural resources earlier this year, but continued to represent Newfoundland and Labrador in the federal cabinet – and collect a minister's salary.

But he was absent from Ottawa for much of the time, and that led opposition members to call for his resignation.

He was back on the job in Ottawa on Tuesday, his first time on Parliament Hill since May.

"Can you imagine somebody with a disability in Canada [being told] when you have a disability, you must exit yourself from everything in the world?" Efford told reporters on Tuesday.

"I thought Canada had a health system and gave people some time off to get their health under control."

Earlier Friday, Claudette Bradshaw, a New Brunswick Liberal MP and cabinet minister, announced she will not run in the next federal election.

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