Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson has indicated that if he's reelected on November 15, he won't trigger a costly by-election within a year by quitting to run for Parliament.
"My absolute intention is to serve out a full term if I'm elected to a third term in office," Robertson told the Georgia Straight after an October 22 mayoral debate at Langara College. "I have no plans to run in the federal election."
To remove any ambiguity, the Straight then asked Robertson if he would "rule out" running in the next federal election.
"Yes," Robertson replied.
On his nomination form, Robertson's list of signatures included numerous federal Liberals, including his press secretary, Braeden Caley, and Justin Kaiser, president of the Young Liberals of Canada, as well as the federal Liberals' policy chair in B.C., Brittney Kerr, and Paul Nixey, a former communications director for Vancouver Centre Liberal MP Hedy Fry. Nixey is cochair of Vision Vancouver's board of directors.
(For more federal Liberals on Robertson's nomination form, see this article by Bob Mackin.)
Robertson didn't serve out his full term as an MLA after he was elected on the NDP slate in Vancouver-Fairview in 2005. He quit that job so he could run for mayor of Vancouver in 2008, prompting a provincial by-election.