In a development that has taken many in the political space aback, Mississauga MP Navdeep Bains has announced that he will not be running for re-election and is leaving his cabinet position in the Liberal government.
Bains, who is the MP for Mississauga-Malton and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, disclosed the development in a recent video statement, noting that his decision to step away from politics was to concentrate on family.
He said “This last year has been hard on families. My daughters, who are in grade five and grade eight have needed me more in the last year, and I’ve needed them too.”
Bains added that “It’s time for me to put my family first and I couldn’t be happier about it.”
It should be noted that he is the second Peel Region MP to recently step away from their position in the Liberal government.
Recall that Brampton MP Kamal Khera had earlier stepped down as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development amid news that she took a personal trip to the U.S. over the holidays with a federal advisory against non-essential travel in place.
Delineating on the development, Bains, who has been a Mississauga MP since 2004 and was re-elected in 2019, said “It’s time for me to focus on the most important job I have in life, being a dad”.