Souris-Moose Mountain MP Ed Komarnicki has announced that he won't run again in the next federal election in 2015.
Komarnicki, who has been a Conservative MP for the riding since 2004, made the announcement during a meeting of the local Conservative constituency association, and came public with his decision on February 28. He said he wanted to give the new board for the constituency association sufficient notice to find his successor.
"I thought it was fair to them to know early on if I was running, so that they could make necessary adjustments for when there would be a candidate selection, probably in 2014, in preparedness for the 2015 election," said Komarnicki.
The decision was made just prior to the local Tory constituency association meeting.
"When I did run (the first time), I said I would likely run for 10 years, and then assess it at that point," said Komarnicki. "We're almost at that point."
Komarnicki, 63, will be 65 when his current term ends. And if he were to have completed another full term, he would have been nearly 70 years old at its conclusion.
"Someone with a new vision and a new approach, with a lot of energy, will take this constituency beyond where I've been able to take it through my representation," said Komarnicki.
Komarnicki has also informed the Tory caucus, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, that he won't be seeking another term.
He said he looks forward to representing the constituency until the next federal election, and he still enjoys the work of an MP. He didn't consider stepping down immediately, and failing to complete the current term.
"There's going to be a lot happening," said Komarnicki. "We have the budget coming up fairly quickly. We have the infrastructure program that will be unveiled quickly."
Komarnicki has been involved with the Temporary Foreign Worker program and the Immigration Program, and he believes that the federal government has done a good job of ensuring that employers find the human resources that they need.
"If we want our economy to continue going forward, and for businesses to expand, they need the human resources, and have the people with the skills available."
He has yet to decide what he'll do next after his term expires in 2015.
Komarnicki was initially elected in 2004, when he defeated former premier Grant Devine – who was running as an independent – and four other candidates, in an election that attracted the attention of political pundits from across the country.
He was re-elected in lopsided fashion in the 2006, 2008 and 2011 elections. His percentage share of the vote grew with each victory.
When Komarnicki was first elected in 2004, the Conservative Party was the official opposition for a Liberal minority government. The Tories won the 2006 election and formed a minority government, and retained their minority government status with a victory in the 2008 election. They gained majority government status with their victory in the 2011 federal election.