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Former Conservative MP Saxton won’t seek North Vancouver seat

Conservative served two terms in 2008 and 2011
Former North Vancouver Conservative MP Andrew Saxton during his 2016 bid at the leadership of the party.

This story has been updated to correct a date error.

Former North Vancouver Conservative MP Andrew Saxton says he will not be running to retake the seat in the next federal election.

Saxton was first elected in 2008 and again in 2011. He lost to Liberal Jonathan Wilkinson in 2015 and failed to take the riding in a rematch in 2019.

In his election night speech, he asked his campaign volunteers not to stray far, telling them they would likely be needed again when the minority Liberal government fell, probably within 18 months.

Saxton announced Wednesday morning, though, he would not be on the next federal ballot.

“After nearly 14 years representing the Conservative Party in North Vancouver, including seven years representing North Vancouver in Parliament, I have decided not to run in the next federal election. It was an honour to serve my community during those years,” he said.

In West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, former Conservative MP John Weston has announced he plans to seek the party’s nomination again before the next federal election.