NDP deputy leader Libby Davies won’t run in 2015

Libby Davies, the NDP MP for Vancouver East for since 1997, won’t be running for the party in the 2015 federal election. Currently the party’s deputy leader and health critic, Davies made the announcement from her constituency office in Vancouver, saying that after 18 years as the riding’s MP it was simply time to call it a day. “It has been the most extraordinary experience to represent the people of Vancouver East. I have loved my work both in the community and in Ottawa and I thank the good folks of East Vancouver who elected me six times as their representative,” she said in her official statement. “Over the years, I have taken on tough issues like the need for drug policy reform and I remember being told, ‘You’ll never get re-elected if you take on issues like this.’ But the people of East Vancouver have stood by me. I deeply appreciate how they have placed their support and confidence in me throughout my many years in office.” Davies concluded her statement by calling Thomas Muclair a “a strong and committed leader” and adding that she was confident he would help the party form the country’s first social democratic government.