Saturday, January 16, 2010

Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson announces he is stepping down

1 hour, 3 minutes ago

By The Canadian Press

ST. STEPHEN, N.B. - Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson has resigned from cabinet, saying the time was right for him to step aside.

The New Brunswick MP says he has accomplished the things he set out to do and wanted to leave on his own terms.

The 62-year-old politician says while he still has energy, the job was tiring - only getting home twice between October and the Christmas break.

Thompson says he won't run in the next federal election but will represent his southwest New Brunswick riding until the vote is called.

Thompson has represented his New Brunswick constituency since 1988, including the last four years in cabinet.

There were reports last week that Prime Minister Stephen Harper would shuffle his cabinet, but it was not expected that any of his front-line ministers would be affected.


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