War horse rides into sunset: Alberta NDP’s Brian Mason retiring from politics

Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason. THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON — A veteran of Alberta politics says he will not run in next spring’s provincial election.

NDP government house leader Brian Mason is bringing to a close three decades in public life, including 10 years as leader of Alberta’s New Democrats.

Mason, who is 64, is also the minister of transportation and is the longest-serving member currently at the legislature.

The former transit bus driver and Edmonton city councillor says he will stay on until the election before leaving with an unblemished campaign record.

He served 11 years on city council, starting in 1989, before jumping to the provincial NDP.

He carried his north Edmonton riding in a 2000 byelection and in five general elections after that.

Mason stepped aside as party boss in 2014 to make way for current NDP leader and Premier Rachel Notley.

The Canadian Press

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