Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Associate Health Minister Payne Says Family First, Won't Run in 2019

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Associate Health Minister Payne Says Family First, Won't Run in 2019

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Payne says family first, won't run in 2019

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EDMONTON - Alberta Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne says she won't run for re-election next year because juggling job responsibilities with her young family is proving too burdensome.

Payne says she wants to spend more time in Calgary with her husband and two young girls, aged six and one.

She announced her decision last week on Facebook, and says being away from her loved ones for long periods of time has been difficult.

Payne has been associate health minister for more than two years, steering efforts to reduce deaths and overdoses caused by opioids.

She is a first term legislature member, beating former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Jonathan Denis in the Calgary-Acadia constituency in the 2015 general election. …

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