Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann has confirmed he does not plan to run for re-election in 2019.

Swann faced questions from reporters Tuesday after cabinet minister Kathleen Ganley announced she plans to seek the NDP nomination in Calgary-Mountain View, Swann’s riding, next year. He said while he hadn’t made an official announcement, his plan not to run next year isn’t new.

“I have talked it over with my wife and family, and this is the right time for me to move on to other things, pass the torch to the younger generation,” he said.

Swann is the only elected representative of the Alberta Liberals in the legislature. He said while he will retire as an MLA, he plans to remain involved with the party, including supporting leader David Khan in his election campaign. Khan has not yet announced which riding he plans to run in next year.

The MLA said he also intends to remain active on the issues that prompted him to get involved in politics, including farmworker safety and health, environment and climate change, human rights, and the health care system, particularly mental health and addiction.

“I certainly plan to continue on those…areas — the environment, including climate change, the mental health and addictions issues, and ensure that I keep on top of some of the issues around farm safety,” he said.

“Other than that, I have 13 grandchildren now, and I want to get to know them better. I’m open to consulting in health and I look forward to working with young people to engage them in politics.”

Swann entered politics in 2004. In 2002, the doctor was fired from the Palliser Health Authority after he publicly supported the Kyoto accord — an incident that he said led to him running provincially.

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Source:: Calgary Herald


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