Vancouver Kingsway MP Don Davies is staying on Parliament Hill.
Davies has announced through social media that he is not running for the post of Vancouver mayor.
“After much deliberation and reflection, I have decided that my own passion to work for our shared ideals remains best applied at the federal level,” Davies wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday (March 13).
The third-term MP stated that he wants to focus on his role as NDP health critic.
Davies also commented on what is happening in the city, noting that there is a “deeply-felt need to re-set the course that Vancouver is on”.
“The affordability crisis – particularly in housing – has torn a massive hole in our social fabric,” Davies wrote. “This has demoralized a generation, fractured our neighbourhoods and threatened our economic foundation. It has created a wide-spread sense that development has been prioritized over people, and far too many folks have lost the ability to live, work and prosper in the city they love.”
The Vision Vancouver party of Mayor Gregor Robertson has ruled the city since 2008.
Robertson and three of his councillors, namely Tim Stevenson, Andrea Reimer, and Kerry Jang, will not seek new terms in the October 2018 municipal election.
In a previous interview with the Georgia Straight, Davies emphasized the importance of keeping the progressive vote intact.
According to Davies, the inclusion of Vision in a progressive electoral alliance is “mandatory”.