It's officially official.

 


A month after announcing he would be leaving provincial politics before the fall sitting of the Nova Scotia legislature, former premier Rodney MacDonald announced this morning he was resigning his seat as Inverness MLA, effective 3 p.m. Thursday.

 


MacDonald stepped down as party leader for the Progressive Conservatives in late June, six weeks after stating he had “no intentions of going anywhere”. He announced in early August he was quitting as MLA, in part to spend more time with family.

 


“Professionally, there are many things I look forward to doing,” MacDonald said in a release Thursday. “Personally, I look forward to spending time with my family.”


MacDonald was first elected to the provincial legislature in July 1999 and served as premier for over three years until his minority government was handed a decisive defeat by the NDP last June.

MacDonald’s name was then linked to rumours he was set to receive a senate appointment from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but that didn’t materialize.