The longest serving Progressive Conservative caucus member will not be running again in the spring election.
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Brooke Taylor is calling it quits after 18 years in politics.
“It’s been a great time, a good ride and I’m just stepping back. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t offer again at another time, but it’s not likely that would happen,” Taylor said.
Taylor was first elected as a member of the legislative assembly in November of 1993. Before that he was a municipal Halifax councillor for two years from October 1991. He went on to serve as minister of agriculture before taking the portfolio of transportation and infrastructure renewal.
“It’s a good run I think by anybody’s measure of public service life,” he said.
Taylor was an early supporter of Rodney MacDonald’s leadership campaign. Yesterday the premier praised him as an outstanding MLA and minister.
“He’s also someone that brings a smile to a lot of faces because he usually has a funny comment or two, either out in the public eye or behind the scenes,” MacDonald said.
Stewiacke Mayor Dereck Rhoddy announced yesterday afternoon he was seeking the Progressive Conservative nomination in Taylor’s riding of Colchester- Musquodoboit Valley.