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Former Saskatchewan education minister Russ Marchuk says it's time to retire

REGINA — Former Saskatchewan education minister Russ Marchuk says he won't run in the upcoming provincial election.

Marchuk was first elected in Regina for the Saskatchewan Party in November 2011 when he defeated then-NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter by about 900 votes.

Marchuk, a former teacher and school board chairman, was rewarded with the job of education minister in May 2012.

But he stepped down as minister just over a year later, saying the government's education agenda was entering a crucial period that needed significant attention and he felt he couldn't provide that.

Marchuk says it's time to retire after 46 years of service to education and the community.

He plans to stay on as an MLA until the provincial election April 4.

Marchuk joins nine other Saskatchewan Party politicians and one New Democrat who are retiring.

The Canadian Press

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