Former prime minister Stephen Harper has resigned his seat as a member of parliament for his Calgary Heritage riding Friday.
In a video released on Facebook, Harper delivered a statement, 10 months after losing the federal election.
“Today I wish to inform you that I am stepping down as the member of parliament for Calgary Heritage,” said Harper.
“For a total of nearly 18 years, I have had the tremendous honour of representing Calgary in the Parliament of Canada. On seven occasions, I have been deeply humbled by your trust and support, time and again, and I leave elected office proud of what our team accomplished together,” said Harper.
While he stepped down as Conservative party leader following the election, Harper had chosen to stay on as an MP for his Calgary Heritage riding and routinely showed up for votes in the House of Commons over the last few months.
The now 57-year-old was first elected as a Reform MP in 1993 and went on to become the first leader elected to the modern day Conservative Party in 2003.
Since last fall’s defeat, Harper and his wife Laureen have been living in their Calgary home.
“As I bid farewell to the Parliament of Canada, and prepare for the next chapter of my life, my eternal thanks to the constituents of Calgary Heritage, to the members of the Conservative Party, and all Canadians for having given me the honour of serving the best country in the world,” said Harper.
Harper isn’t expected to completely leave his political life behind, as he will now make a move into consulting on international issues alongside two of his most trusted former advisers.