Another Harper heavyweight is leaving politics.
Industry Minister James Moore has announced he is quitting ahead of the fall federal election.
It would make him the third high-profile Conservative minister to leave, following Peter MacKay from justice and John Baird from Foreign Affairs.
In a statement on his website, Moore says he and his wife received “some difficult news” about the health of their son, Spencer, who has special needs.
“While I have every confidence that Prime Minister Harper and our Conservative Government will be re-elected, and I wish I could be part of the next Conservative Government, after 5 terms and 15 years in public life, and with health challenges in my family, I have concluded it is impossible for me to seek another term in office.”
The senior federal cabinet minister for B.C. says he will finish his current term representing Port Moody – Westwood – Port Coquitlam, but will not run in the upcoming election.
Moore was first elected in 2000 as a 24-year-old Canadian Alliance MP.
He has been seen as one of the more socially progressive members of the Harper cabinet, voting in support of gay marriage and transgender rights.
Moore has served as Industry Minister since 2013, and prior to that, held the heritage portfolio.
Reaction across the aisle
News of Moore’s departure is being met with well wishes from fellow politicians, including those across the aisle.