Long time Niagara Falls MP will not seek re-election

A Niagara Falls politician is calling it a career.

Conservative MP Rob Nicholson says he will not be seeking another term in the upcoming October federal election: "I've had the opportunity to serve 24 years as a member of parliament, a little over six years as a regional councillor, and three years on the school board, so I've had close to 35 years of public service and I figure this is the right time to do it."

The former Attonery General has had a storied career in politics after first being elected to Parliament in 1984.

Nicolson tells CKTB's Matt Holmes that the House of Commons was always an interesting place to be: "It wasn't like going to church back in the 1980's or spending time in the cathedral, it was a rough and tumble business here and that's what our system is. I think it's one of the reasons for the success of our business; that you have that strong give and take from governments and oppositions."

He has served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Democratic Reform, Minister for Science, and the Minister of National Defence.

In 2015, he was also named as the Justice Critic for the Opposition, and last year was appointed as the Shadow MInister for Public Services and Procurement.

In between terms on the Hill, Nicholson also spent time as a Niagara Regional Councillor in between 1997 and 2003.

As for what is next for Nicholson: "I have no great plans, I just look forward to serving out the last six months of this term."

To hear the full interview with CKTB's Matt Holmes, click here.