Industry Minister James Moore will not be running in this year’s Canadian federal election.
The MP for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam has served in office since 2000 when he was elected to represent Port Moody-Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam at the age of 24, which made him the youngest elected MP in B.C.’s history.
James was appointed as Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages in 2008 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and in July 2013 appointed as the Minister of Industry.
In 2011, Moore was re-elected, making him the first five-term MP in his community in Canadian History.
Moore joins other the list of Conservative cabinet ministers who have announced they will be leaving politics, including Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Justice Minister Peter MacKay, International Development Minister Christian Paradis and Heritage Minister Shelly Glover.
In a statement, Moore said the following:
Balancing family responsibilities while in public life is always a challenge. This is particularly true when you have a child with special needs. Recently my wife and I received some difficult news about the health of our beautiful son Spencer.
While I have every confidence that Prime Minister Harper and our Conservative Government will be re-elected, and I wish I could be part of the next Conservative Government, after 5 terms and 15 years in public life, and with health challenges in my family, I have concluded it is impossible for me to seek another term in office.
I will finish this term as Member of Parliament for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, then I will be going home to British Columbia to pursue new opportunities and be closer to my young family.
The opportunity to serve as a Member of Parliament is a privilege that I have never taken for granted. I have cherished every moment of this incredible experience to serve my constituents and my country. I am immensely proud of what our Government has achieved under the leadership of Prime Minister Harper, and there is no doubt that Canada is stronger, more united, and more prosperous than ever because of his leadership.
I want to thank the Prime Minister for his friendship and support when I have needed it most. The opportunity to serve in his cabinet for the past 7 years as Minister of Industry and Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and the 2010 Olympics has been the experience and privilege of a lifetime. I will always be grateful for the opportunity, and so very proud of our accomplishments.
To my constituents, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity to serve as your Member of Parliament through 5 mandates. I have never forgotten where home is, and that serving my constituents is what matters most.
To my staff who have served selflessly and tirelessly over the years, I thank you. Be proud of the things we have accomplished for Canada and never doubt for a moment that Canada is a better place because of your efforts and contributions.
To my amazing and loving family, thank you for your support, patience and understanding over all these years. I simply could not have survived in public life without your love and I am so lucky for the gift of you in my life. After 15 rewarding years, I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life.
Hon. James Moore, PC, MP
Minister of Industry
Regional Minister, British Columbia
Port Moody – Westwood – Port Coquitlam