HALIFAX – New New Democrat Veteran Nova Scotia Dave Wilson is stepping down as the MLA for Sackville Cobequid after 15 years in the provincial legislature.
In a news release, the party says that Wilson's decision to leave "enables him to pursue new professional opportunities and spend more time with his family."
Former paramedic, Wilson was first elected in 2003 and served as a minister in several portfolios, including communities, culture and heritage; health; and, Academic issues in the previous NDP government under former broadcaster Darrell Dexter.
Since 2015, the NDP house leader.
NDP Leader, Gary Burrill, said he had "all the admiration in the world" about what Wilson achieved during his time in the legislature.
Leader of the League of Tim Houston said Wilson was discriminating himself as a public servant "the first priority was the people he always served."
"This has been an incredible journey, but in recent months I've been considering life beyond politics," said Wilson. "Ultimately after 15 years, it's the right time for me to start a new episode and let people Sackville Cobequid elect a new representative."