Sixteen years after she was first elected, Diane McGifford has decided not to run in this fall’s provincial election.
The NDP Manitoba caucus sent out a press release Friday saying the minister of advanced education and literacy who represents the Lord Roberts constituency will not seek re-election.
"I’m of retirement age," McGifford, 65, said by phone. "I think it’s time to make room for new ideas and new blood." She was elected in 1995, and became minister of culture, heritage and tourism in 1999 when the NDP took power. She became the minister of advanced education in 2001.
"I’ve had an uncommonly good run," said McGifford who helped establish the University College of the North. "I’m really pleased with what I’ve been able to accomplish."
She said she’s looking forward to gardening, renewing her study of languages, spending time with her grandson and doing some travelling and writing.
"Having fun," is her plan for the future, she said.