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Former Transport Minister quitting politics

OTTAWA, Ont. -- Longtime Liberal MP David Collenette is quitting politics.

OTTAWA, Ont. — Longtime Liberal MP David Collenette is quitting politics.

“After much reflection, I have decided that I will not seek re-election in the next general election,” the Toronto MP and Jean Chrtien loyalist said in a two-page statement.

“It has been an honour to serve Canadians in the House of Commons for over 20 years. However, it is now time to seek other challenges in private life.”

Mr. Collenette, 57, was first elected to Parliament in 1974 and served in the cabinets of three prime ministers. His portfolios included transport and defence.

He was dropped from cabinet after Prime Minister Paul Martin took over from Mr. Chrtien in December.

“As the Liberal party goes forward to fight the next election, I have pledged my support to Prime Minister Martin and his team,” Mr. Collenette said in the statement. “Mr. Martin has been a colleague for many years and I wish to thank him for his co-operation on the many files we shared. At all times, he has been most supportive and gracious with me.”

-With files from CP

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