New Brunswick Liberal MLA-elect Gary Keating is resigning from his new job before it officially begins.
Keating, who was elected in the riding of Saint John East by a margin of just eight votes over Progressive Conservative candidate Glen Savoie, released a statement that he is stepping down for personal reasons.
“I wish to offer my deepest apologies to the people of Saint John East,” he said in the statement. “They placed their trust in me and I cant help feel I have let them down.”
Keating cited the long hours and travel of the job as having “a negative impact on my health and, especially, my family.”
He said Premier Brian Gallant had accepted his decision.
He would have been sworn in on Oct. 24.
The Liberals won 27 seats in the election, leaving the Tories with 21, while the Greens took one riding.
With files from The Canadian Press and Laura Brown, Global News