Peter Stoffer announces he'll run in 2015 election
Conservatives have 'overstayed their welcome,' says Stoffer
After fuelling speculation of a possible career change, MP Peter Stoffer confirmed Wednesday he'll be running in the 2015 federal election.
The Nova Scotia MP will run in the next election in the new riding of Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook.
"Although at the beginning of the last campaign I had every intention of leaving, I'm announcing today I'll be seeking the nomination for the new riding of Sackville-Preston and Chezzetcook for the next upcoming election to ensure that my friend and colleague, Mr. Tom Mulcair becomes the next prime minister of Canada and that we can show Canadians a truly positive and progressive government,” said Stoffer.
"Unfortunately Mr. Harper and the Conservatives — and I say this with great respect for my Conservative friends — they've overstayed their welcome," he said.
Stoffer said there's still much work to do on the veterans affairs file.
"These men and women put their life on the line, their country asks them to shed blood for them — all they're asking for in return is a little recognition that they've got a problem, and that they need help and they need it yesterday, not six months from now,” said Stoffer.
The announcement comes one day after Stoffer said he'd like to become the ombudsman for Veterans Affairs Canada.
Stoffer also spoke in past tense Tuesday when asked about his political career, fuelling speculation he may leave politics.
First elected in 1997, Stoffer is Official Opposition critic for veterans affairs. Over the years, he's served as the critic for fisheries, shipbuilding, seniors, amateur sport, Canada Post, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and defence.
The fixed election date is Oct. 19, 2015, but Stoffer told a scrum of reporters Wednesday he expects the election will be called early, after a spring budget.