Quebec cabinet minister Geoffrey Kelley will not seek re-election

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WATCH: After 24 years of service, Quebec MNA Geoffrey Kelley announced he won't be running in the next election. As Global's Tim Sargeant reports, the cabinet minister says this is the right time for him to leave politics – Jun 11, 2018

After 24 years of service, longtime politician Geoffrey Kelley has announced he will not seek re-election this fall.

He is the eighth member of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard‘s cabinet to announce he’s bowing out of politics after this mandate.

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Kelley, 63, has been a Liberal member of the legislature since 1994 and native affairs minister since 2014.

“I love what I do, but it is going out on Saturday and Sunday to community events. It is going to Quebec City 40 times a year,” he said.

“I just decided that maybe there isn’t enough gas in the tank to do another four years, so I decided to stop.”

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He also oversaw the same portfolio in previous mandates.

WATCH BELOW: What drew Geoffrey Kelley to politics?

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Taking care of First Nations families: Geoffrey Kelley – Nov 14, 2016

While Kelley said he’s proud of his record in his Jacques-Cartier riding, his work with Quebec’s Indigenous communities is what he sees as his biggest accomplishment.

“Some of the things that we’ve done in terms of improving different services for indigenous students is something that’s important,” he said.

Kelley’s son eyes nomination

With the countdown on until the provincial election, a growing number of Quebec Liberals have said they will not seek re-election.

Kelley joins fellow ministers Laurent Lessard, Robert Poëti, Tourism Minister Julie Boulet, Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux, Justice Minister Stephanie ValléeJean-Marc Fournier and Immigration Minister David Heurtel in deciding to pack it in.

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Nine Liberal backbenchers have also said they won’t run again in the campaign leading to the Oct. 1 election.

One of the candidates eyeing the Liberal nomination of the Jacques-Cartier riding is Kelley’s son, Gregory.

With regards to his son, Kelley said the final decision will be left to the Liberals.

with files from Global’s Tim Sargeant and the Canadian Press

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