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Nova Scotia NDP house leader Dave Wilson retires after 15 years in legislature

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WATCH: Veteran Nova Scotia New Democrat Dave Wilson is stepping down as the MLA for Sackville Cobequid after 15 years in the provincial legislature. Whitney Oickle reports – Nov 16, 2018

Veteran Nova Scotia New Democrat Dave Wilson is stepping down as the MLA for Sackville Cobequid after 15 years in the provincial legislature.

In a news release, the party says Wilson’s decision to leave “will allow him to pursue new professional opportunities and spend more time with his family.”

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A former paramedic, Wilson was first elected in 2003 and served as minister in several portfolios, including communities, culture and heritage; health; and, Acadian affairs in the previous NDP government under former premier Darrell Dexter.

Since 2015, he’s been the NDP’s house leader.

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NDP Leader Gary Burrill says he has “all the admiration in the world” for what Wilson accomplished during his time in the legislature.

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Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Houston says Wilson distinguished himself as a public servant “whose first priority was always the people he serviced.”

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