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Calgary Centre M-P Lee Richardson is leaving the House of Commons, but he's not leaving politics.
Richardson announced Wednesday he is stepping down to take a position as senior advisor to Premier Alison Redford. He told the Commons he is looking forward to the move, "This is an exciting challenge and a moment when Alberta's new premier is claiming Alberta's leadership role in the Canadian federation in a way that only Peter Lougheed amongst her...predecessors has done."
Richardson was first elected to the House of Commons in 1988, but lost the seat in 1993. He returned to the Commons in 2004 and has represented Calgary since that time. The 64 year old had worked for both former prime minister John Diefenbaker and former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed.