Nova Scotia

Liberal MLA Wayne Gaudet won't run in next election

Wayne Gaudet said he is retiring, in part, because his riding of Clare was eliminated.

A veteran Nova Scotia Liberal says he won't run in the next provincial election after serving 20 years in the legislature.

Wayne Gaudet said he is retiring, in part, because of the new electoral map adopted this fall.

"The NDP has decided to eliminate the riding of Clare that has been in existence since 1837. Very upsetting for a lot of people here in Clare, including myself. So the fact that our riding is gone. I've decided to step down as well and not re-offer in the upcoming next election," he said.

Gaudet was first elected in 1993 and was re-elected five times.

He served in a variety of cabinet posts including Education, Agriculture and Acadian Affairs and twice served as interim leader of the provincial Liberals. He has also been house speaker.

There are now seven sitting MLAs who have announced they will not run in the next election.

With files from the Canadian Press