Nova Scotia finance minister says she will leave politics when next election called

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's deputy premier and finance minister says she will leave politics when the next provincial election is called.

Karen Casey made the announcement following a cabinet meeting today, saying that after 15 years representing the riding of Colchester North, she is ready to retire and wants to spend more time with her grandchildren.

Casey says while she had been pondering her future for some time she only made a final decision over the last week.

She had served under Premier Stephen McNeil in the education and health portfolios and was named deputy premier in 2017.

McNeil, who is leaving politics next month, says he counts Casey as a personal friend and believes she played an "integral role" in helping return the province to fiscal health.

Casey was a former interim leader of the Progressive Conservatives and defected to the Liberals in 2011.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2021.

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