Russ Hiebert mum after announcing he won’t run

SURREY – Surrey Conservative MP Russ Hiebert is calling it quits.

 

The longtime Tory MP for South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale announced today he will not run for office in 2015.

 

Hiebert is currently serving his fourth term. He said in a press release, "it has never been my ambition to be a career politician."

 

Hiebert, 45, was first elected in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011.

 

He is not doing interviews on this matter, one of his assistants told the Now.

 

His statement says he plans to "renew his licence to practice law, serve in some corporate directorships, and pursue opportunities in the private sector."

 

The backbencher made headlines after it was revealed he was the biggestspending MP in B.C. in the 2008-2009 fiscal year, and the second-highest spender in all of Canada, recording $637,093 in expenses when the national average was roughly $200,000.

 

tzytaruk@thenownewspaper.com