WATCH: Jacques-Cartier MNA Geoff Kelley is calling it quits
Veteran West Island Liberal MNA Geoff Kelley has announced that he will not run in the election this fall.
Kelley, who was first elected in the Jacques Cartier riding in 1994, made the announcement at a news conference this morning in his riding in Beaconsfield.
Kelley said it was a difficult decision but that he wants to devote more time to his family who stood by his side during the announcement at Centennial Hall.
Kelley said he loves what he does but that there are sacrifices.
"It is going out on Saturdays and Sundays to community events, it is going to Quebec City 40 times a year. And I just decided that maybe there wasn't enough gas in the tank to do another four years so I just decided to stop," Kelley told reporters.
Kelley is currently the Native Affairs Minister and becomes the 17th sitting Liberal and eighth cabinet minister to announce their resignation in advance of the provincial election October 1.
Kelley denied his decision had anything to do with the lacklustre performance of the Liberals in recent polls, saying it was just time to move on and that there will be a renewed party in the upcoming election.
Departing Jacques-Cartier MNA Geoff Kelley says most memorable political experience was crossing the province and discussing end of life issues and availability of palliative care. Also notes significant work as Native Affairs Minister for eight years. #CJAD #polqc— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) June 11, 2018
Some past and current local politicians were on hand for Kelley's announcement, including ex-Liberal MP and MNA Clifford Lincoln, former Pointe Claire mayor Bill McMurchie, Beaconsfield mayor Georges Bourelle and Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue mayor Paola Hawa. All agreed that the candidate who will attempt to win the riding for the Liberals will have big shoes to fill.