Gerry Ritz, one of the longest serving Conservative members of Parliament, is leaving federal political life.
The former agriculture minister and Saskatchewan MP made the announcement on social media.
Ritz was first elected in 1997 as a member of the Reform Party, and went on to win his seat in every subsequent federal election.
Between 2007 and 2015, he served as agriculture minister under former prime minister Stephen Harper,
Ritz was born on a farm near Rosetown, Saskatchewan.
Over his eight years as Agriculture Minister he has led over 30 trade missions to open and expand international markets for Canadian farmers and food processors.
Ritz has been the Member of Parliament for Battlefords-Lloydminster since 1997.