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NDP MPP DiNovo won’t seek re-election in Toronto riding

Last Updated Sep 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm EDT

Ontario NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo announces her candidacy for leadership of the federal NDP in Toronto on June 7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Long-time New Democrat MPP Cheri DiNovo says she will not seek re-election in 2018.

DiNovo is also a United Church minister and announced Wednesday her plans to return to work with her parish full-time as of Jan. 1, 2018.

“Cheri’s faith and passion for ministry helped shape her into the devoted community organizer and social justice activist she is today,” Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said in a statement.

“As an MPP, Cheri has been a tireless advocate for her community, for LGBTQ2SI Ontarians, and a very effective legislator. She has been a voice for many Ontarians who might otherwise have felt voiceless, and she will be missed in the legislature.”

DiNovo, who has represented the Toronto riding of Parkdale-High Park for 11 years, introduced many private members bill that were eventually adopted by the government and made law.

In 2015, the government passed legislation to ensure same-sex parents did not have to adopt their own children after DiNovo initially proposed a private members bill to change the law.

Re-elected to the legislature four times, DiNovo served as her party’s critic for employment standards, housing, women, culture and urban transit.

DiNovo entered the federal NDP leadership race in June 2016 but dropped out a few months later due to health reasons.

With files from News Staff

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