Khadir, Heurtel announce they won't run for another term

Two more Quebec MNAs are joining what appears to be a growing list of those who've announced they won't stand for re-election in October.

On Friday morning, Québec Solidaire's first MNA, Amir Khadir, announced he won't run for re-election, but won't stop being socially engaged.

"I'm quitting the National Assembly, but not politics. I'm changing jobs," he told a news conference in his home riding of Mercier in central Montreal.

Khadir has represented the riding since 2008, when he defeated Parti Québécois incumbent Daniel Turp in what was then considered a PQ stronghold.

At the news conference, Khadir re-iterated his support for an independent Quebec, saying the movement is currently being hijacked by 'elites'.

"Dream of that country, dream of the republic, the independent republic of Quebec. So we have to fight for it," said Khadir.

Meanwhile, David Huertel, the MNA for Montreal's Viau riding who's been in office since winning a 2013 by-election, has also announced he won't run, citing an illness in his family. In a statement, he suggests he wouldn't be able to deal with that situation and handle a full workload as an MNA and minister at the same time.

Before becoming an MNA, he worked as a political attaché for former Parti Quebecois premier Bernard Landry. When he joined the Liberals, he insisted he did so out of disgust with the then-Marois government's proposed Charter of Values.

As environment minister, he was criticized for allowing the city of Montreal's request to dump millions of litres of raw sewage in the St. Lawrence River in 2015. As immigration minister, he's earned praise for his handling of the influx of asylum seekers in Quebec.

Heurtel joins 13 other Liberal MNAs, along with 8 Péquistes and Khadir who've announced they will leave politics after their current terms expire. Four of the Liberals, including Heurtel, are cabinet ministers.