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MP and former Minister Dorothy Shephard spent 14 years in the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly.

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Former minister Dorothy Shephard confirms that she will not run again in the next election in New Brunswick. She is the seventh Progressive Conservative MP to make the same decision in the last six months.

Before her, Arlene Dunn, Ross Wetmore, Daniel Allain, Jeff Carr, Gary Crossman and Mike Holland have all announced they are jumping ship piloted by Blaine Higgs.

In 2022, ex-minister Dominic Cardy also left the party due to his disagreements with the Prime Minister. In 2021, former minister Jake Stewart left provincial politics to make the jump to federal politics.

After 14 years in politics, Dorothy Shephard says she has faced many challenges during her four terms, including pension reform and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Her public rift with Blaine Higgs last year, sparked by the prime minister's leadership style and their differing positions on policy 713 on gender identity in schools, is just the latest in a series of difficult periods.

I have been very transparent about the challenges I had with the Prime Minister. I have decided that this is a good time for me to take stock and see if I can contribute in another way.

A quote from Dorothy Shephard, Progressive Conservative MP

In an interview with CBC, she stated that she intends to remain involved in the Progressive Conservative Party and defend its moderate values and centrists.

In the direction things are going, I believe there is a strong trend towards far-right policies. This is my personal point of view, she adds.

Dorothy Shephard slammed the door of the Cabinet last June in the midst of a crisis policy related to the review on policy 713. Minutes before announcing her decision, she had voted alongside the opposition and five other Progressive Conservative MPs. She was then Minister of Social Development.

Before that, she was head of the Ministry of Health.

Since then, she has continued to serve in the caucus as the Member of Parliament for Saint-Jean—Lancaster. She confirms that she will remain in office until the next election, scheduled for October.

With information from ;Alix Villeneuve and Jacques Poitras from CBC

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