Long-time Nova Scotia MP resigns cabinet post, won't run for re-election

Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison

Scott Brison is set to resign from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet after deciding he won't seek re-election this fall.

The Treasury Board president says he's decided it's time for a change after 22 years representing the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants -- initially as a Progressive Conservative MP before jumping to the Liberals in 2003.

Brison says he wants to leave politics while he's ``on top'' and is looking forward to new challenges.

But most importantly, he wants to spend more time with his spouse, Maxime St. Pierre, and their four-year-old twin daughters, Rose and Claire.

Brison made history as Canada's first openly gay federal cabinet minister and again as the first federal politician to wed his same-sex partner.

Brison says he's not sure whether he'll resign his seat altogether before the Oct. 21 election but he will be resigning soon from the cabinet in the belief that the government is best served by ministers who intend to run again.