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Manitoba Cabinet Minister Mulling Retirement Before Election

February 4, 2016 2:28 PM | News

Ron Lemieux

Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection Minister Ron Lemieux announces the Craft Breweries Strategy at Half Pints Brewing Company on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s self-described “minister of fun” hasn’t made his final decision on running again for the provincial NDP.

Tourism Minister Ron Lemieux holds a nomination spot in the Dawson Trail constituency, but hasn’t made a commitment to running.

“I really need to have that discussion with my family, to make sure they’re really behind me 110 per cent,” Lemieux told reporters on Thursday.

Lemieux, who is 65, was first elected to the legislature in 1999 and has held a variety of cabinet positions, including transportation and education.

“When you’re running as a politician and you make that commitment for four years going down the road, that impacts on one’s family and everyone else around you.”

Other high profile NDP members have announced in recent weeks that they will not seek re-election, including Justice Minister Gord Mackintosh and former finance minister Jennifer Howard.

Manitoba voters head to the polls on April 19.

— With files from The Canadian Press