Québec Solidaire's Amir Khadir to quit politics: report

It looks as though the first-ever MNA for Québec Solidaire will join a flood of other MNAs announcing they won't be seeking another term this fall.

The Journal de Montréal reports that Amir Khadir will soon announce he wants to devote more time to his medical practice.

The Iranian-born doctor was first elected to the National Assembly in 2008, and served as the party's co-spokesperson alongside Françoise David.

Khadir was no stranger to controversy during his time in office.

Not long after taking office, he and a group of supporters spent weeks protesting outside a St. Denis St. shoe store, because it sold a line of shoes made in Israel.

A few years later, Khadir was forced to backtrack on the idea of tabling a National Assembly motion honoring former FLQ terrorist Paul Rose upon his death. Rose served 11 years in prison for the murder of then-Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte during the October Crisis, and in the 1990s became leader of one of Quebec Solidaire's forerunners, the Parti Pour La Démocratie Socialiste.