The only Nova Scotian around the federal cabinet table is relinquishing his seat.
Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison announced he is stepping down as President of the Treasury Board.
The 22-year Member of Parliament also says he will not be re-offering in October's federal election in order to spend more time with his young family.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Trudeau calls Brison, "a tireless champion for the people of Nova Scotia and Canada," and "One of the friendliest people you'll ever meet in this business."
For 22 years he's been a tireless champion for the people of Nova Scotia and for Canada. And one of the friendliest people you will ever meet in this business. @ScottBrison - our country is better for your service and dedication. Our immense thanks to you, Max & the girls. pic.twitter.com/lEPqbwTLd7
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 10, 2019
Brison says he will work with the Prime Minister to ensure a smooth transition.
South Shore-St. Margaret's MP Bernadette Jordan says she has great respect for Brison.
"He has always had an open-door policy with the Nova Scotia caucus. He's been really, just, an all-around great guy and he has a wonderful sense of humour."
— Bernadette Jordan (@BernJordanMP) January 10, 2019
Speculation now turns to which, if any, of Nova Scotia's MPs will replace Brison in the Prime Minister's Cabinet.
I would like to share an important family decision: I’ve informed the Prime Minister of my decision to not seek re-election in 2019. As such, I’ve decided to step down from my role as President of the Treasury Board and will work with the PM to ensure a smooth transition. pic.twitter.com/JdsZTSH2HI
— Scott Brison (@scottbrison) January 10, 2019
Reported by: Ed Halverson
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