Edmonton-West Henday MLA Jon Carson has announced his departure from politics at the end of the current term.
Carson who is one of the youngest MLAs in the Legislature said that the announcement comes after much reflection, "I know this may surprise some of you, but please know I make this decision with the utmost pride in what we’ve accomplished together, and with so much hope and optimism for the future of our party under the leadership of Rachel and my many dedicated and hard-working colleagues in the Alberta NDP.
"Serving the people of Edmonton-West Henday has no doubt been the privilege of a lifetime. From our small campaign team huddled around the kitchen table in 2015 to the 2019 campaign that was too close to call on election night… I know that our success was never my own, but always because of our strong team dedicated to creating a better future for Alberta families."
Carson was first elected in 2015 under the Alberta NDP sweep which say the PC government turfed from office after 44 years.
The outgoing MLA said that he knows that there is more work to be done, "While I know there is always more work to be done, I am proud of the many accomplishments I have been part of as an Alberta NDP MLA.
"We built schools, and fully-funded student enrollment, because we believe strengthening our public education system is one of the greatest things we can do to ensure the next generation can dream bigger and achieve greater," he added.
In his parting words in his announcement via social media, Carson quoted the late Jack Layton by writing, "As Jack said, let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world."
Carson becomes the second Alberta NDP MLA to announce their departure from politics. Earlier this spring Richard Feehan former Minister of Indigenous Affairs announced he would be retiring from politics at the end of the term.
The net Alberta election is scheduled for May 2023.