“It remains an honour to represent the good people of Clare – come the next election the riding will no longer exist,” says Gaudet, the MLA for Clare since 1993. “The Dexter government has decided to eliminate the riding of Clare and that’s the reason I will not be reoffering.”
Gaudet met with his riding association earlier this week to inform them of his decision.
Gaudet has been representing the people of Clare for the last 20 years in the Nova Scotia Legislature. He will continue to serve his constituents until the next election.
Liberal leader Stephen McNeil says Gaudet will be missed around the caucus table.
“Wayne has been an invaluable part of this team,” says McNeil. “I have learned a lot from him and his experiences in our party. We all have.”
In addition to twice serving as interim leader of the party, Gaudet has served as Minister of Agriculture and Marketing, Minister of Human Resources, Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs, Minister of Education and Culture, Minister of Business and Consumer Affairs, Minister responsible for Acadian Affairs, Speaker of the House, and Deputy Speaker of the House.