Ontario NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo announces she won’t seek re-election

Ontario New Democrat MPP Cheri DiNovo speaks to the media in Toronto on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. FILE/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

TORONTO – Long-time New Democrat MPP Cheri DiNovo says she will not seek re-election in 2018.

DiNovo is also a United Church minister and announced today her plans to return to work with her parish full-time as of Jan. 1, 2018.

DiNovo, who has represented the Toronto riding of Parkdale-High Park for 11 years, introduced many private members bill that were eventually adopted by the government and made law.

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In 2015, the government passed legislation to ensure same-sex parents did not have to adopt their own children after DiNovo initially proposed a private members bill to change the law.

Re-elected to the legislature four times, DiNovo served as her party’s critic for employment standards, housing, women, culture and urban transit.

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DiNovo entered the federal NDP leadership race in June 2016 but dropped out a few months later due to health reasons.

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