N.L. justice minister retires from politics

Terry French was first elected in 2002

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador’s justice minister is retiring from politics.

Terry French will step down later this month after 12 years as a legislature member.

French, who represents the district of Conception Bay South, says he will resign following the Progressive Conservative leadership convention on Sept. 13.

French was first elected in a 2002 byelection and has held several cabinet portfolios under the Tory government, including tourism and environment.

He is the second cabinet minister to resign this summer.

Former environment and conservation minister Joan Shea quit politics in June.

Liberal Scott Reid won a byelection in Shea’s former riding of St. George’s-Stephenville East last month.