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OTTAWA – Winnipeg South Conservative MP Rod Bruinooge is not going to run again in the next federal election.
Bruinooge, 41, said he finds it too difficult to leave his young children to travel to Ottawa.
"After losing a close family member over Christmas it has reminded me how precious each moment is with my kids," Bruinooge said in a statement posted on his website. "I have told my children today that come October I will no longer be an MP and will be spending all of my time with them. They were very excited."
Bruinooge said his father-in-law died over the Christmas holidays and his funeral was last week. Bruinooge said hearing how much time his father-in-law dedicated to his kids helped solidify a decision he said he’d been leaning towards for some time.
"When I was first elected I didn’t even have kids," said Bruinooge.
His daughter, Sarah, was born more than a year after Bruinooge was first elected and is now eight years old. His son Luke is six.
Bruinooge said it was a little easier when they were younger but now that they are in school full time and all sorts of activities, he misses too much of their lives when he is away.
"It’s hard not to be around," he said.
Bruinooge also did not rule out running for the provincial Tories or any other political office in the future.
"I have some thoughts on that but I’m not going to make any announcements today," he said.
Bruinooge was first elected in 2006, beating Liberal cabinet minister Reg Alcock in an upset victory when the Conservatives swept in to power. He was reelected in 2008 and 2011.
Recently Bruinooge was accused by the Liberals of being in a conflict of interest for voting on a change to the Elections Act which allows mobile devices to be used by party officials inside polling stations on election day. The change is likely to benefit a mobile app he developed with fellow MP Rob Clarke that helps parties track which supporters have voted. The app is owned by a company run by his wife, and Bruinooge said he did nothing wrong.
Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson is however investigating after a complaint from Liberal MP Scott Simms.