Brison has had a long career in Parliament, first with the PCs and then the Liberals.
Scott Brison – the current President of the Treasury Board – and a long-time MP for Kings-Hants, Nova Scotia, is resigning from the Trudeau Liberal cabinet, and won’t be running for re-election.
Brison made the announcement on Twitter:
I would like to share an important family decision: I’ve informed the Prime Minister of my decision to not seek re-election in 2019. As such, I’ve decided to step down from my role as President of the Treasury Board and will work with the PM to ensure a smooth transition. pic.twitter.com/JdsZTSH2HI
— Scott Brison (@scottbrison) January 10, 2019
While Brison did the usual politician thing of talking about spending more time with family, and while Brison would almost certainly have been re-elected if he ran for another term, the departure of cabinet ministers is often a sign of decreasing confidence within a governing party.
Something to now watch out for is to see whether Brison’s departure will be followed by some other cabinet ministers either resigning or declaring they won’t seek re-election. In the lead up to the 2015 campaign, many Conservative MPs and cabinet ministers said they wouldn’t run again, sensing that the political environment was turning against them.
If Brison is followed out the door by more members of the Trudeau government, it could be a sign that the internal polling and sense of the upcoming election within the Trudeau government is turning negative.
Photo – Twitter