Another NDP cabinet minister won't seek re-election

Jobs Minister Michelle Mungall says she won't seek re-election

Nelson-Creston NDP MLA Michelle Mungall quitting politics to spend more time with family. | Submitted

If Premier John Horgan calls a snap election for this fall, he's going to have a lot of new cabinet appointments to make, should his party win and form government, following the announement today of yet another NDP cabinet minister who won't seek re-election.

Minchelle Mungall, MLA for Nelson-Creston, who is the minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, today announced she will not seek re-election.

That's three NDP cabinet ministers who have announced they won't run in the next election in recent days.

Scott Fraser, minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconcilliation, and Doug Donaldson, minister of Forests, have also announced they won't seek re-election.

And Finance Minister Carole James announced earlier this year she also won't seek re-eelction, after she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Mungall said she will not seek re-election because she wants to spend time with her family. Mungall has a two-year-old son.

“As my husband Zak and I have been thinking about our family’s future and where we want it to be, we want it to be in the Kootenays and we want to be together," Mungall said in the press release.

"Our two year-old son Zavier loves his friends, the mountains, days on the beach at Kootenay Lake, playing in the snow in our backyard. We want him to grow up in our wonderful Kootenay community, and neither Zavier nor I want me to miss out on it for a large part of the year."

Mungall served as minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources before a cabinet shuffle moved her into the Jobs portfolio.

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