Former Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette will not run in next year’s provincial election.
In a letter obtained by Politico Québec and titled “I have decided to come out of politics,” the 66-year-old said he would quit politics after Quebec’s general election.
Barrette has been facing criticism since being diagnosed with brain cancer on May 1.
He was elected to his first term as a Parti Québécois member of the provincial legislature on May 5, 1997. In a party he founded, Health Québec, he later served as the minister of health and social services, a role he described as “the biggest in the public health system.”
In the letter, Barrette said he has “very mixed feelings” about not running in 2019, but that he’s taking the opportunity to enter private practice.
“In life and in life, there’s a time when you have to draw the line.”
His decision means the Minister of Health and Social Services for the province will remain a Parti Québécois member, while his departure will leave the Liberals without a representative at the provincial cabinet table.