MP Report: Representing Victoria the most rewarding experience of my life

You are likely aware by now, that after careful consideration, I have made the decision to not seek re-election in the 2019 federal election. This was a very difficult decision to make. The honour of representing Victoria in the House of Commons has been the most exciting and rewarding experience of my life. By the time of the election, I will be coming up on seven years of service and I think it is now time for a new voice to represent us in Parliament.

I want to express gratitude to current NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and former leader, Tom Mulcair, for their passionate commitment to Canada. I wish all the best to my NDP caucus colleagues; it is with great pride that I stand with them in the House of Commons.

In Parliament, I’ve taken pride in the opportunities to fight for a fairer tax system, secure compensation for victims of thalidomide poisoning, and help ensure that Canadians serving jury duty can access the support services they need. I’ve had the honour of advising the government on the legalization of medical assistance in dying and sitting on Parliament’s new intelligence and national security oversight committee. It has been a privilege being part of the progressive opposition team that fought against the Enbridge pipeline.

I would like to thank my hard-working team, both in Victoria and Ottawa, and my superb electoral district association. My spouse, Linda Hannah, and two sons, Ben and Mark, have been a constant support and I cannot adequately express my gratitude to them.

And of course, I’d like to thank you, the people of Victoria. It has been a privilege to serve and to work with you. I’ve always said I am so fortunate to represent such a compassionate, engaged and progressive riding. You have been a constant source of inspiration. I will continue working hard as Victoria’s voice in Ottawa until election day.

I will continue working with my NDP colleagues to defend our beautiful coast against the Trans Mountain Expansion project. I will keep pushing the Liberal government to agree to my proposal to expunge criminal records for simple cannabis possession. I will continue advancing key infrastructure projects across our community.

Onwards and upwards.

Murray Rankin is the member of Parliament for Victoria.

Just Posted

Province launches lawsuit over Esquimalt sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after being dropped from marine lift in 2018

Greater Victoria sees unemployment rise in November

Unemployment rate jumps to 3.5 per cent from 3.2 per cent

Victoria ranked ‘most bikeable’ city in Canada

Real estate brokerage Redfin releases inaugural bike score ratings

Mainly cloudy, chance of showers ahead for Tuesday

Plus a look ahead at the week’s forecast

Fireballs fall Friday as brightest meteor shower of the year fills the skies

Geminid meteor shower features colourful, brighter, longer shooting stars

China hints at national security trials for 2 Canadians detained for one year

The two Canadians’ detention is largely seen as retaliation for the arrest of a Huawei exec

B.C. seaplane company set to test the first commercial electronic plane

The plane is powered by a 750 horsepower electric motor

First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage

Leadership calling for urgent action and resources to remove obstruction on the Fraser

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

Feds not enforcing standards on Hungarian duck imports, B.C. farmer says

‘You have no way of knowing what’s in the bag’

No reports yet of Canadians affected by New Zealand volcano eruption, feds say

Missing and injured included tourists from the U.S., China, Australia, Britain and Malaysia

Most Read