06/30/2012 10:28 EDT | Updated 08/30/2012 05:12 EDT

MLA Kash Heed not seeking B.C. re-election

Liberal MLA Kash Heed, forced to resign his cabinet position in 2010 due to election campaign irregularities, has confirmed he will not seek re-election to the B.C. Legislature next year.

The MLA for Vancouver Fraserview was elected in 2009 after a 31-year career in policing and served as Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

However, he was forced to resign from that position in April 2010 when it was revealed the RCMP was investigating unregistered campaign brochures distributed in his riding during his election campaign.

Heed was cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident, but was fined $8,000 for overspending about $5,500 dollars in his 2009 campaign.

In his decision not to seek re-election, Heed said government bureaucracy got in the way of making meaningful changes to policy.