01/06/2012 10:29 EST | Updated 03/07/2012 05:12 EST

Cape Breton Liberal Manning MacDonald says he won't run in next election

HALIFAX - A veteran Cape Breton Liberal politician says he won't run in the next Nova Scotia election.

Manning MacDonald announced today he won't run again in the riding of Cape Breton South.

MacDonald issued a statement saying he feels it is time for renewal and for people in that riding to elect a member of a government led by Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil.

The 69-year-old native of Sydney, N.S., says he will continue to serve his constituents until the election, whenever that may be called.

Manning was first elected to the Nova Scotia legislature in 1993 and later served as a cabinet minister and house leader.

Before his entry into provincial politics, he was the mayor of Sydney for 15 years.