MP Jim Eglinski won't seek re-election in 2019

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
January 9, 2018 - 11:52am

A local Conservative MP will not be seeking re-election in 2019.

MP for Yellowhead Jim Eglinski says after consultations with his wife, family and friends, he will not be running in the next election. 

"I hate to say this but we are getting older every year and with each year that you don’t spend with family is one you tend to look back on with a bit of regret.  After 52 years of public service it’s time to retire," said Eglinski in a release. 

Eglinski goes on to say that he has spoken with Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer, and that the years of being a MP has been some of the best of his life. 

"I will miss this job and the wonderful colleagues I have had the pleasure of working with.  I cannot thank YOU, the constituents and supporters of the riding of Yellowhead, enough and appreciate your understanding of this very difficult decision." 

The 69-year-old was first elected through a by-election in 2014, and later re-elected in the 2015 federal election. 

Previous to his career in federal politics, Eglinski worked for 40 years as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, and served as a councillor and eventually mayor for the town of Fort St. John, British Columbia. 

With Eglinski's announcement, the most recent candidate nomination process will now stop.  The local Yellowhead Electoral District Association (EDA) and the Conservative Party of Canada will reactivate a nomination process at a later date to look for candidates to put their names forward. 

The riding of Yellowhead includes the communities of Drayton Valley, Hinton, Edson and Rocky Mountain House. 

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