Vaughn Granter says political life is too gruelling

Newfoundland and Labrador's fisheries minister Vaughn Granter announced Monday that, after five years in politics, he will not seek re-election this November.

Fisheries minister will not seek re-election

Vaughn Granter will stay on as Fisheries Minister and the MHA for Humber West until the provincial election at the end of November. (Colleen Connors/CBC)

Newfoundland and Labrador's fisheries minister Vaughn Granter announced Monday that, after five years in politics, he will not seek re-election this November. 

At his official announcement  in Corner Brook, Granter said he finds political life too "gruelling," and he's tired of being on the road all of the time. 

"When I entered politics I said that I would never be a career politician," Granter told CBC News.

"It's easy to talk about the life of a politician and I've always wanted to be one, but until you walk in the shoes of a politician and know the demanding work that's involved day in and day out ... I don't understand how people can spend 20 or 25 years doing political life because it's a really gruelling, gruelling experience." 

Granter was first elected as MHA for Humber West in a February 2011 byelection, and was re-elected in the general election later that year.

In 2014, he was appointed minister of Environment and Conservation, and was also responsible for the portfolios of climate change, labour relations, and multi-materials stewardship.

Granter has been minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture since September 2014.

He told CBC News he plans to return to his previous job as principal of Corner Brook Regional High School.

With files from Colleen Connors