Nova Scotia

Rankin taking leave from HRM council

Councillor Reg Rankin announced Tuesday that he was taking a leave of absence from the Halifax Regional council to seek help.

Reg Rankin announced Tuesday that he was taking a leave of absence from Halifax Regional council to seek help.

"After significant personal reflection and through the ongoing support of my family and friends, I have made the decision to seek professional help and medical treatment; therefore, I will take leave from council effective Tuesday, April 5, 2011," he wrote in a media release.

"I would respectfully request privacy for me and my family during this time. As this is a personal matter, I will be making no further statement."

Rankin is the councillor for Timberlea-Prospect. It was not clear how long he intended to be on leave, or who would represent his constituents during that time.

He resigned as chairman of the Police Commission earlier this month after it emerged that he had made inappropriate remarks to a woman at the Police Ball in March. He also apologized for his actions.

Neither Rankin, nor the Police Commission offered further comment on what had occurred at the ball, saying it was a private matter.

Rankin is from Mabou, Cape Breton, and has lived in the Timberlea area for 19 years. He was first elected as a councillor in 1991.

He and his wife Christine have three children, according to his council website.

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