Industry Minister James Moore announced today that he won't run in the upcoming election, ending a 15-year career in federal politics.
That makes him the fifth cabinet minister to announce he won't be running again in as many months. In February, former Foreign Minister John Baird revealed he was quitting. Since then, fellow cabinet ministers Christian Paradis, Shelly Glover and Peter MacKay have said they won't be part of the next election campaign.
Moore had been touted by some as a possible successor to Stephen Harper as Tory leader, and many in Ottawa were surprised by the news.
Moore said his decision came after he and his wife received "some difficult news" about the health of their young son Spencer, who has a form of skeletal dysplasia that requires extensive care.
Politicos who linked the departure with a weakening Harper team faced criticism on Twitter. Top Trudeau adviser Gerry Butts apologized over this tweet:
And NDP MP Nathan Cullen also got blowback over a tweet he posted about Harper's ministers "jumping ship."
Others praised Moore and said his departure will be felt by the Harper government, and his province.
And many on Twitter wished the B.C. Tory well.
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