Joe Comartin Stepping Aside

Joe Comartin announces he will not seek re-election. June 26, 2014. Photo by Ashton Patis.

NDP MP for Windsor-Tecumseh Joe Comartin is retiring after 14 years in federal politics.

Comartin, 67, was first elected in 2000 and has held the riding ever since. He has served as the critic for the environment, justice, public safety, democratic reform and national defense, Official Opposition House Leader and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

He says it was not an easy decision to make, but he’s looking forward to staying active in the community.

“The automotive industry is rebuilding. I think we’re expanding some of our industrial sector and our manufacturing sector to those green jobs and it’s one of those things I’m interested in once I fully retire,” notes Comartin. “I guess my one concern was to make sure that the riding stays NDP, that’s why I made the announcement this early in order to give whatever candidate is coming to replace me from the party plenty of time to get their campaign underway.”

Comartin says he will finish this term in Ottawa but is looking forward to spending time with his wife of 45 years.