Tom Hedderson won't seek re-election in Harbour Main

Tom Hedderson is the latest member of the province's Progressive Conservative caucus to step away from politics, CBC News has learned.
Tom Hedderson is the latest PC MHA to step away from politics. (CBC)

Tom Hedderson is the latest member of the Progressive Conservative caucus to step away from politics, CBC News has learned.

Hedderson was first elected in 1999 and has held a number of portfolios for the Tories throughout his political career.

Hedderson has been the minister for Environment and Conservation, Transportation and Works, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Intergovernmental Affairs, to name a few.

He is currently the parliamentary secretary to the minister of education and early childhood development.

The PCs will open nominations in Harbour Main for a new candidate to run in the Nov. 30 provincial election.

The writ for the election is expected to be dropped in the first week of November, triggering the official campaign. 

Other prominent Tories, including Vaughan Granter and Susan Sullivan, have recently announced plans to retire from provincial politics. 

With files from David Cochrane