August 10, 2018 1:39 pm

Long time Saskatchewan NDP MLA David Forbes retiring from politics

David Forbes, the MLA for Saskatoon Centre, announced Friday he will not be running in the next provincial election.

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A long-time member of the Saskatchewan NDP caucus is retiring from politics.

David Forbes, the MLA for Saskatoon Centre, announced Friday he will not be running in the next provincial election.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the people of Saskatoon Centre.  After talking with my family, I’ve decided that it’s time to step away and spend more time with them upon completion of this term,” Forbes said in a statement.

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“It’s been rewarding to work with so many terrific people over the years and to be able to help improve the lives of Saskatchewan families, workers and those most vulnerable in our communities.”

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Forbes was first elected in 2001 in a byelection in the former Saskatoon Idylwyld riding.

He first served as minister of environment in Lorne Calvert’s government and later minister of labour, where he was responsible for creating the provincial statutory holiday, Family Day.

During his time in Opposition, Forbes has served as caucus chair, and been a critic for many portfolios including social services, labour, and diversity.

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“David Forbes is a trusted colleague and friend and a deeply committed MLA who – in government and in Opposition – always stands up for those who need it most,” NDP Leader Ryan Meili said.

“I’m very fortunate to work alongside him and continue learning from his example.”

Forbes spent 18 years teaching in Saskatoon and rural Saskatchewan before entering politics.

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